Transfer Balls: plucky ‘underdogs’ Manchester United seduce Mats Hummels
Transfer Balls: Are Manchester United buying Mats Hummels, the Borissia Dortmund and Germany defender?
The Mirror tells its readers that if the price is right, Hummels is on his way to Old Trafford:
Manchester United launch £35million Mats Hummels bid as Van Gaal looks to capitalise on Dortmund woes
Back in October, the Mirror said that United would not get Hummels:
The Guardian told its readers that Hummels would never leave Dortmund:
He had told German media:
“I’ve been here [Dortmund] for six and a half years and it’s simply more exciting and more difficult to win trophies as an underdog.
“Everybody can win things with 25 superstars in the squad. At BVB, every single player has more responsibility but also more opportunity. It’s difficult to win trophies with Dortmund but it’s always possible. And when it happens, the feeling is simply indescribable.
“When we won the championship for a second time in 2012, each one of us could have gone wherever we wanted. But I thought: ‘No, what we have here is something truly unique.’ I’m happy I felt this way. You don’t often find a team where people are really friends with each other. If you’ve got the chance to play at such a high level with your mates you have to hold on to that for as long as possible.”
Which leds nicely to the Mirror’s back page, which has news of plucky underdogs Manchester United:
Such are the facts…