Will Hummels force a January move?

Last summer Mats Hummels was on the top of the world after winning the World Cup with Germany.

This week he’s preparing to play for Borussia Dortmund as the club battles to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga. It looks almost certain that the German international will be leaving Dortmund, but will it be in January or during the summer?
Any fee for the international is likely to eclipse the £25m that Manchester City paid for Wilfried Bony and neighbours Manchester United are keen on signing the defender as they look to strengthen their squad. Arsenal have also been interested in increasing the German contingent at the Emirates, though that interest seems to have died down a bit in recent weeks and they’ve now signed Gabriel Paulista.
Crucial question
Hummels was asked this week by the German newspaper Bild if he was going to be leaving Dortmund during the summer, let alone January.  “Are you looking for a headline?” was his brisk reply. The defender added: “I will keep it the way I’ve been doing it for seven years. I’ll let everything come to me and just look forward only to the start against Leverkusen and the second half of the season.”
Well he was hardly going to reply that he’s hoping to be joining Manchester United in a few days’ time was he? Perhaps when Dortmund names their side at the weekend we’ll have a much better idea of whether there is an imminent move to England or elsewhere in the pipeline.
Hummels has admitted that he is aware of all the speculation linking him with a big money move to either England or Spain. Asked whether he has made any decisions about his long-term future, he said: “It’s not the case with any of us that this has been written for the first time. And with me rumours are always going around, but I’m still here. I’ll let everything come to me and just look forward to the restart (of the Bundesliga) at Leverkusen. Everything else, I’m not thinking about.”
Staying put?
That still doesn’t sound like the comments of a player who could be playing in a different country this time next week. He does seem to be focused on getting back to full fitness and helping Dortmund climb from their current position of one from bottom in the Bundesliga. There’s also the fact that despite their poor league form, Dortmund are still in the Champions League and won’t be keen on selling Hummels.
It’s unlikely that Dortmund will qualify for Europe next season, not that Manchester United can say they’ll definitely be doing that in the 2015-16 campaign. A lack of European football may change his views, though.
Or would it? When asked about the possibility of leaving Dortmund in September 2014, Hummels again failed to speak like a player who can’t wait to take on the next big challenge in his career. Comments such as “loyalty is important to me” are rare in this day and age.  He also talked about players such as Steven Gerrard and Paolo Maldini, who have spent nearly all their career playing for one side.
Speaking about previous interest from other clubs, the World Cup winner said: “I have had offers from different clubs ever since I have been with Dortmund. That’s not a secret. I have always decided not to leave.”
This isn’t a player though who will most definitely be at Dortmund for many years to come. He revealed: “I have never said I will stay until 2024 or 2030 or whenever… but I have stayed until today. I will stick to my way of not promising anything and maybe leave someday, instead of saying I will stay forever and then leave all of a sudden.”
So the chances of Hummels staying at Dortmund are in the balance. The Germans do have a history of cashing in on their best players, and money does talk. With a big-money bid for the £40million-rated Hummels due from United, would the Germans be able to resist?

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