The Daily Star has both Manchester United and Arsenal fans looking up with concern here in the Football Transfer Tavern as the publication claim that Mats Hummels has been named the new Borussia Dortmund club captain.
As one of our punters notes, this is hardly ideal news for the Premier League duo, both of whom are keen on the German international defender and as one of our punters notes, they could well be forced to look elsewhere.
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has always maintained that the Germany star would not be leaving this summer and it seems after making him his new skipper, he was being true to his word.
Even our most hopeful Manchester United fans think that once someone is handed the armband ahead of a new season, they are not exactly likely to leave – well unless they play for Arsenal that is!
This means that both sides will have to look elsewhere and one of our punters notes that quality defenders are few and far between as the summer draws to a close and we think the race is now on to land a game changing player.
Manchester United fans. With Hummels seemingly set to stay at Signal Iduna Park for the foreseeable future, who should van Gaal turn to now? Let us know your thoughts below.