Manchester United are being linked with a double swap deal involving Nani and Shinji Kagawa.
The national newspaper claims United are eyeing deals, which would see Shinji Kagawa sent to Borussia Dortmund in exchange for Mats Hummels and Nani sent to Arsenal in exchange for Thomas Vermaelen.
While the deals are workable in principle, there are problems with both.
Firstly, in both cases, the swap deals are for players in different positions.
The idea of a double swap deal would be much more believable if Kagawa and Nani were both central defenders, but they both operate in areas where BVB and Arsenal already have plenty of cover.
Dortmund have some superb central midfielders such as Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan, which suggests that finding another centrally based player is not a priority for Jurgen Klopp heading into the new season.
Kagawa is frequently linked with moves back to BVB because Klopp is a big admirer of the Japanese star and he’s still very much adored by the Dortmund public who maintain a positive relationship with him.
Arsenal’s acquisition of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona means they no longer need a winger who can play down their left hand side.
Sanchez will most likely rotate with Lukas Podolski down the left of the Arsenal team with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both rotating over on the right hand side.
Then there’s the current status of each United target at their current club to consider.
Hummels has just won the World Cup and Klopp is extremely unlikely to let him leave this summer.
With Seb Kehl confirming it’s his last season at the club, Hummels is a natural choice to move in as the next BVB captain, further strengthening his ties to Klopp’s team.
Vermaelen is not first choice at Arsenal but as things stand, he’s a very important back up defensive option.
Arsene Wenger will not let him leave until he gets a replacement defender into the squad, which will not happen if he goes for a swap deal with Nani coming the other way.
Rubbish Rating: It’s an attractive deal but it’s not a practical one for the sides involved other than Manchester United.