As predictable as night following day, Bayern Munich hoovering up top talent from the Bundesliga has become a regular occurrence.
With Dortmund as their nearest challengers, it stands to reason that Bayern would try to recruit their players – and they tend to get them too.
Having poached star players Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski from BVB in recent years, they now have their sights set on star defender Mats Hummels – and reports suggest that they are just days away from securing the deal.
Hummels was once on the books at Bayern – making one Bundesliga appearance – before moving to Dortmund permanently for €4million in 2009. Dortmunf would be loath to lose their star defender, but with his contract set to expire next summer, this would be their last chance to make money from a deal.
In an unusual move, representatives from both sides have been speaking publicly about how likely the deal is to go through.
Dortmund Chief Executive Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sky Sports Germany:
“I believe that if he [Hummels] goes, it will be in the direction of Munich,
“He still has unfinished business with the club. His father, his mother and his brother all live in Munich.
“His girlfriend comes from Munich, he’s from Munich too – so a whole lot of components have already come together.
“We have to accept when someone like Mats, who has already played for Borussia Dortmund for eight years, is 27 and would come to think: ‘Am I going to play for Borussia Dortmund for my entire career, or will I do something else?'”
Watzke’s Bayern counterpart, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has confirmed that talks have begun between the two clubs in the hope of bringing the 2014 World Cup winner back to the Allianz Arena:
“Basically, I can confirm what Mr Watke said, with Mats and Bayern.
“A transfer involves 3 parties however. I’m sorry, but I don’t want to say more just yet.
“It’s also important to respect his current contract.”
Hummels’ potential departure would be a massive blow to Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel. Having picked the team up following the departure of club favourite Jürgen Klopp, Tuchel gave Bayern a decent title challenge in the Bundesliga, as well as leading the team to the quarter finals of the Europa League and the final of next months DFB-Pokal.
With uncertainty surrounding the future of Henrikh Mkhitaryan- and news breaking today that Manchester City have lodged a €23million bid for İlkay Gündoğan – Tuchel could be set for a mini-rebuilding job at the Westfalenstadion.