Arsenal are once again being linked with Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels and, according to the Daily Star, the Gunners are also said to be in for his teammate Ilkay Gundogan in a sensational $85 million raid of the Bundesliga strugglers. Dortmund are through to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League but last season’s runners up in the German top flight are battling against relegation this term and could look to offload Hummels and Gundogan to offset the huge drop in revenue they will experience next season, as Champions League qualification looks highly unlikely.
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Arsenal are in desperate need of reinforcements in central defense and the holding midfield positions, so if they splash the cash they will get two German internationals who are in their prime. Will Arsene Wenger get his wallet out? It seems like the deal for Gundogan could happen in January, while Hummels could arrive in the summer.
Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj is reportedly being chased by Paris Saint-Germain, Porto and Juventus as the Belgian winger is set to leave Old Trafford on loan this January. The Sun newspapers suggests that the 19-year-old would prefer a move away from United after falling way down the pecking order.
Stuttgart midfielder Alexandru Maxim, 24, is being lined up by Swansea City as they are set to spend some of the cash they received for Wilfried Bony. The Swans sold their star striker to Manchester City for $42 million in January but Maxim could soften the blow as the attacking midfielder will help to create chances for Garry Monk’s men. Maxim, a Romanian international, has scored nine goals in 57 appearances for Stuttgart over the past three seasons in the Bundesliga. The Telegraph say the Liverpool target could sign for Swansea in a $8 million deal.
The Times claim that Crystal Palace could sign Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis for $13 million to bolster their attacking options. Alan Pardew almost signed the Frenchman when in charge of Newcastle, and has earmarked Palace’s forward line as the area which needs the most improvement in the January window. Surely the Swans won’t sell Gomis on too?