Major pile of money being afforded to him used to strengthen the side in the other areas of the park. Ilkay Gundogaen and Mats Hummels’ flirtation with Manchester United continues going into the latest transfer window. The duo has been extensively linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past with many papers even announcing their arrival at England.
In light of the growing speculation regarding their future, BVB’s CEO Hans-Zoachim Watzke has been quick to dismiss the possibility of the duo leaving Westfalenstadion assuring that the club is financially stable to hold on to the big names.
Watzke revealed “This time last year, many journalists have written that our top people are all gone. Hummels was at Manchester United. Gundogan in Madrid, Manchester or Barcelona. And where are they now? Still with us! BVB are now quite capable to present players with economically interesting offers. “We have not so much money as the top stars in the Premiere League, but we have a lot of other things going for us (laughs).”
He further went on to claim that the winter break is big pull for many players as they can recover and recuperate for a few weeks from the grueling football schedule. However, many believe that the time is right for these superstars to move away from their familiar surroundings to experience tougher leagues in order to prove their capabilities.
Another club linked extensively with the duo is Liverpool and Watzke knows he has a battle on his hands if he is to keep them away from their former manager Jurgen Klopp.