Three of Manchester United’s top targets are currently recovering from injuries, Mats Hummels being one of them (the other two are AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman and Juventus star Arturo Vidal).
The Borussia Dortmund defender suffered a muscular injury during Germany’s successful 2014 World Cup campaign earlier this summer.
Although the highly-rated central defender recovered to play an important role in his country’s triumph in Brazil, he is still not 100% fit and his club are not rushing him back from his injury.
Hummels has not played a part in any of Dortmund’s pre-season friendly matches and sat out the German club’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
The former Bayern Munich defender is not worried about his problems, but at the same time he has refused to give a definitive answer on when he hopes to return to match action.
‘I can still feel the effects of my injury from the World Cup final, but it is nothing serious’, the 25-year-old told Bild, according to Goal.com.
Although Hummels is expected to fully recover and play to the best of his ability, what will come as bad news to United fans is that he seems set to remain at Dortmund.
On Saturday, it was reported by the Daily Mail that Arsenal are interested in the £25 million-rated defender and will go head-to-head with Premier League rivals United for his prized signature.
However, it was confirmed later on Sunday that Hummels will be the new Dortmund captain, replacing Sebastian Kehl in the process – a definitive sign that he will remain at the Signal Iduna Park this season.
And that should draw the line on all speculation linking Hummels to United and Arsenal.
But will it...?
Will Manchester United rue missing out on Mats Hummels?