Gunners negotiation with Dortmund for key player.
Arsenal are in talks with Borussia Dortmund for defender Mats Hummels, reports the Daily Express.
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The German international has established himself as one of the finest defenders in the Bundesliga and is valued at £17.6m by Champions Dortmund.
Negotiations are reportedly already underway between the Gunners and the German club, although it is unclear if thrifty Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is willing to meet the hefty asking-price.
The centre-half has started every one of Dortmund’s league and Champions League matches this season and the 24-year-old offers the added advantage of being able to cover in defensive midfielder – another problem position for Wenger.
The Gunners were back to their free flowing best in Wednesday’s 5-1 demolition of West Ham but doubts remain about their defensive resolve, after back-to-back defeats to fellow top four hopefuls Chelsea and Man City earlier this month.
Hummels, who left Bayern Munich in 2009 after making just one senior appearance for the European heavyweights, has 23 caps for Germany and could form a club and country partnership with compatriot Per Mertesacker at the Emirates.
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