Arsenal have reportedly agreed a stunning £31.5 million deal to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels in the January transfer window, according to reports in the Metro.
The Germany international has been the subject of intense transfer speculation since winning the World Cup in the summer and Manchester United have been strongly linked with the defender.
The North London club have been strongly linked with a move for the 25 year old in the last few weeks, with Arsene Wenger looking for a quality centre back to solve his defensive problems.
The report states that despite rival interest from Manchester United, Arsenal now look like signing Hummels with transfer negotiations having reached an advanced stage. It further states that the German club have all but agreed to sell him if an interesting offer arrives.
Hummels, who came through the Bayern Munich youth academy before joining Borussia Dortmund, was a first team starter for Germany in the recently concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup, in Brazil, where he scored two goals. He recently admitted he will only leave the Westfalenstadion for a club who utilise his preferred style of football.
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Should we Buy?
The Gunners are in desperate of a defender with only three recognised centre-backs currently plying their trade with one of them being Koscielny, who has been diagnosed with a chronic Achilles condition which threatens to rule him out for a significant amount of time. The decision to offload Thomas Vermaelen without replacing him with an established star has proven to be unwise, as youngster Calum Chambers has been forced to play centrally and at right-back to fill the gaps.
Hummels stands at 6ft 3 in and is regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe. He is a cultured defender who also loves to carry the ball out of defence and spray beautiful passes. Arsenal’s style isn’t too far away from Dortmund, as both teams like to dictate possession with fast passes, and both funnel their counters through speedy wingers. The North London club lack physicality and adding Hummels will go some way in improving that aspect of their game.
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