Borussia Dortmund's bid for Kevin de Bruyne is a great chance for Chelsea to try to secure the future of their long-term defensive status.
Never let it be said on HITC that we don't listen to the fans; for this is an article inspired by a Chelsea supporter yesterday.
In reaction to the news Borussia Dortmund have made a 17 million Euro bid for Kevin de Bruyne reported ahead of the rest on our website yesterday, one Chelsea supporter wrote that it is a great chance for the Blues to go after Hummels.
And he's right.
Mats Hummels would be a superb signing for Chelsea, and would certainly add solidity to their central defence which has been more unpredictable this season than in recent years.
With John Terry now 32, and missing several key games through injury this season, it is certainly time for the Blues to at least start considering long-term replacements for the defender.
24-year-old Hummels is the cream of the crop of the German defensive talent, marshalling the backline for his country at Euro 2012 to great effect, and is expected to do the same at the World Cup next summer.
While generally happy at Dortmund, and might well he be as a current Champions League semi-finalist, he has recently indicated he would be open to the right move if it came along - hinting heavily towards Barcelona.
If Chelsea can get the structure right at the club. and that means starting with getting the right manager, they can make a play to try to convince Hummels to sign. Should Mourinho take the reins at Stamford Bridge, then there will be no better salesman to prospective targets like the German.
Manchester United have previously been linked with the German, and Chelsea would be the envy of their Premier League rivals if they could secure his signature.
With or without Terry, both Cahill and Luiz fluctuate between looking solid and shaky, and it seems apparent a fourth centre-back, perhaps one to become an automatic first choice like Hummels would be, is required at Stamford Bridge. A future captain even.
The defender has it all, he is pacy, physical, strong in the air and a good reader of the game. All attributes strikers do not like, and without an obvious weakness.
It would have taken a huge offer to convince Dortmund to sell, and while Chelsea could afford it, their summer intentions are unclear, with a large portion of money likely to be put towards a striker.
Instead the Blues can look now to striker a deal with Dortmund following their interest in De Bruyne. It would be a shame to lose the Belgian, but if they can get a superb player like Hummels in return, it would solve a problem for them, while selling one who has not even played for the club so far. Perhaps flipping this theory on it's head, Robert Lewandowski could become a target.
If there isn't anybody Chelsea can sign from Dortmund then they should stick with the Belgian and give him a chance, but he could just give them a golden opportunity.
Would Mats Hummels be a good signing for Chelsea? Which Dortmund star would you like to see them go after?
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