Borussia Dortmund Chief Executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that German international and club captain Mats Hummels could leave the 2012 German Bundesliga champions in the summer.

Hummels has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich for the past two seasons. The former Bayern Munich player joined Dortmund in 2008 initially on loan before making the deal permanent the next season. It is rumoured Hummels who won the FIFA World Cup In Brazil has handed in a transfer request this week which might force Dortmund to sell as his contract has only a year existing deal.

Watzke had this to say during the AUDI-Star-Talk on Monday, “To forbid Hummels to leave would be small-minded. We have to accept that someone playing for Dortmund for eight years and getting close to 28 starts to think about his situation. If the interested club isn’t ready to pay a lot of money, he has a contract in Dortmund. And I am sure he has no problem with continuing playing for Dortmund.” 

Manchester United were said to be leading the race for the signature of the world cup winner unfortunately it appears Bayern Munich have now jumped ahead of the Gunners in the race for the signature of Mats Hummels who has also been linked with a move to Chelsea.

Signing Hummels would have made a lot of sense for the Red devils as he would have formed a reliable partnership with Chris Smalling who is United’s only real centre back.