On Thursday there’s claims all over the European media about Mats Hummels and his agent travelling to London to hold talks with Tottenham and Chelsea.
The defender doesn’t have the prominence that he’d like at Bayern Munich, and with the club expected to spend big over coming transfer windows, he’s unlikely to become more important.
Therefore a potential transfer has been rumoured.
The claims initiated with German newspaper Bild, but they’ve since been forced to issue a clarification, admitting that their own story was untrue.
Bild have stated: ‘Correction: In an earlier version, we reported that Marc Kosicke (Project B Agency) spoke for Hummels in the UK with interested clubs. That is not right. Klopp’s consultant Kosicke takes care of Hummels only for marketing.’
That would mean he wouldn’t have the authority to speak to Tottenham and Chelsea on behalf of the defender, and therefore the meetings as presented didn’t actually happen.
This kind of clarification is very rare, and it would be assumed that one or more of Hummels, Kosicke, Bayern Munich or his actual representative have pushed for it.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has also taken steps to make it clear there’ll be no transfer in January.