Poor old Mats Hummels. He just can't catch a transfer speculation moment of rest, can he?
Back in mid-July, Jurgen Klopp told Manchester United to forget signing his star central defender after a stellar FIFA World Cup 2014 campaign, per the Manchester Evening News' David Lynch.
The German impressed wildly in Brazil, scoring against Portugal and France, fixing a defensive line that looked awful without him and playing a key role in keeping a clean sheet in the final.
Hummels has certainly impressed the Guardian's Jamie Jackson, who feels he would be a fine addition to the Manchester United squad.
"If he was to join, Van Gaal would be acquiring a top-class operator who could fill the void left by Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand," Jackson wrote.
He's always drawn admiring glances across the continent due to his cool, ball-playing style and aerial strength, but BVB have always slammed the door on any potential suitors in return.
After rumours of a €20 million bid being lodged by Louis van Gaal, Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sport News (Germany) that he'd "eat a broomstick" if any deal for that price could be agreed upon (h/t The Telegraph).
"I can assure everyone that there are no signs that those two players want to leave," the trainer continued. "Marco [Reus] and Mats [Hummels] will play for us next season."
Believability Meter: Low
This has all the markings of a nonsense rumour that simply won't go away.
The Mirror's Dave Kidd reports Arsene Wenger would like to be kept informed of any developments when it comes to Hummels, which will only enrage Klopp more. BVB director Michael Zorc told Goal.com's Stefan Doring that the centre-back will play for his club for a long time to come, but his message is consistently ignored too.
A World Cup-winning defender of such stature isn't moving for any less than Marquinhos (€31.4 million) did last summer. That's a minimum rate.