Arsenal for Isco and Hummels to United? Really?


Andi Foster looks at a couple of the latest rumours regarding Arsenal and Manchester United

You may or may not have heard but the transfer window has officially creaked open. And if you were hoping for your side to get a bit of early business done you were probably disappointed as the winter window got off to its typically slow start.

Not that the newspapers have been discouraged, as every club continues to be linked with more players than they already have on their books. Here's a look at a couple of the more eye-catching stories from the week to see if there is any truth beneath the gossip and rumours.....

Isco to Arsenal (Daily Express)

Arsenal are short of a number of players. A defensive midfielder? Absolutely. A centre half that isn't regularly injured or ducks when the ball comes towards him? Definitely.

A goalkeeper? (Szczesny's dad is not helping matters) Perhaps. But an attacking midfielder? No.

Whilst Arsenal haven't been firing on all cylinders so far this season they have also at no point had all of their attacking talent available. And when they do not everyone will get into the team anyway - so why would Arsenal want another one (especially when Arsenal turned down the chance to re-sign Cesc Fabregas in the summer).

Oh - and there is also no context or substance to the story at all. And despite his recent spending, Wenger wouldn't spend £64m on a youngish player that is unproven in the Premier League that might not be any better than anything he already has.

Mats Hummels to Manchester United (Daily Express/Mirror)

Rumours about Mats Hummels moving to the Premier League have been floating around for a while now and there has been talk about a January move to a number of clubs (but apparently Manchester United are at the top of the queue).

Whilst I don't doubt that Mats Hummels will be leaving Dortmund soon - it won't be in January unless an absolutely astronomical offer comes in - as they will need him to help improve the club's situation.

It might well be to Manchester United - but there are a number of clubs that could do with a centre half with the calibre of Hummels (yet only a few that could afford the fee).

The German is the club captain and will be unlikely to walk away with the club in the relegation zone, for it would do little for his reputation. His dad, who is also his agent, has also stated this week there is 'nothing in it', when quizzed about speculation linking the defender with an exit.

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