Hummels refuses to rule out Man United move, gets irritated by Bild pushing him on it
There is no danger that Mats Hummels won't know all about Bild and how they love a headline and love to chase a story. The Borussia Dortmund and Germany defender has spoken to the newspaper countless times and will have seen interviews others have done too. Therefore, when Hummels granted an interview to Bild rather than a less sensationalist newspaper, he knew what was coming. And that was Manchester United questions. Stories linking the player with a move to Manchester United in the coming summer window have usually originated in the British media but have all been covered in Germany, there's understandably a big interest in it.
Bild start off with some general questions about links between him and Manchester United and then get straight to the point, asking Hummels if he'll leave Dortmund in the summer if they don't qualify for Europe "I'm really completely relaxed. I really only think about what I contribute on the pitch and in the dressing room, that we get better and move as quickly as possible from the bottom of the table."
Bild were never going to accept that, so they again asked if Hummels would stay at Dortmund without European football, he replied "Are you looking for a headline? No, I will keep it the way I've been doing it for seven years. I'll let everything come to me and just look forward only to the start against Leverkusen and the second half of the season."
Bild looking for a headline? Bears and woods? Hummels' faux shock will fool nobody and that he distanced himself completely from any kind of commitment to Dortmund long term will only add fuel to the rumours he's off. Bild only put forward Manchester United interest to the player and that's the perspective they were coming from, Hummels just simply wouldn't rule it out. He didn't even use the usual one-size-fits-all quote of 'My plan is to stay where I am, but things can change in football.'
Why Hummels would do an interview, which he must have known beforehand would create more transfer rumours, at a crucial point for Dortmund is unclear.
Sources: Man United to push again for Mats Hummels, Aymeric Laporte
Manchester United will make one last big push to sign either Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund or Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao over the last few days of the window, club sources have told ESPN FC.
The Old Trafford hierarchy had taken the decision to pursue only "top priority" targets and wait until the summer if they could not be bought now, but both Hummels an Laporte fall into that category, and United want to at least test the resolve of their clubs given their own ongoing issues in defence.
While the likelihood is that neither will move in January, sources say the Premier League club have had a little more encouragement over the past two weeks with both targets.
Borussia Dortmund obviously still want to keep Hummels but are privately less intransigent about the idea of a sale than they had been, and those close to the club in Germany think the ground is being prepared to make any eventual exit easier to cover. United put an informal bid in for Hummels as far back as November, sources said, and as yet have not received a flat-out rejection.
Old Trafford officials will attempt to force the situation this weekend, but it is still seen as unlikely that Dortmund will allow the 26-year-old to leave in the middle of such a difficult season.
United are also aware that Laporte wants to join them, but are right now reluctant to actually meet his buy-out clause. As has become somewhat typical of Old Trafford negotiations, there is some hope that the player's willingness to move may allow leeway as regards the price, but Athletic are one club who have been totally unmoving on this in the past.
The most obvious examples were Javi Martinez's move to Bayern Munich in 2012 and United's own initial attempts to sign Ander Herrera in the summer window of 2013. As was also the case with Herrera, however, United feel that any negotiations now could pave the way for summer transfers, even if Laporte or Hummels do not come.
Sources also state that the club have been looking at Aleksandar Dragovic of Dynamo Kyiv, who has been the subject of much speculation, but that has not yet moved beyond scouting the Austrian 23-year-old.
Pretty much the same story, Delaney has only involved club sauces (apparently) and that's about it. I don't remember him having any sauce previously but I don't remember him bullshitting something major either. Anyone recall anything?
i still would have chanced at least getting dortmund to agree to a deal early in the window and negotiating with the player. see if we could get him to move, or if not get a deal ready for summer (on the provision he is healthy)