Manchester United have extended their pre-season stay in the United States after advancing to the International Champions Cup final against Liverpool, but gazes remain fixed on the club's transfer business.
Louis van Gaal's method over the next four weeks will be a difficult one to follow, with moves mooted but the club entering a lull of late, having sewn up their purchases of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw early on.
That hasn't stopped the Red Devils being linked with a host of world-class talent, however, each of whom have seen intriguing developments in their situations of late.
Kidd suggests that "there is a belief that the player may be available for £30million," and WhoScored.com shows that whoever lands the defender's signature gets more than the average back-line presence for their buck:
Mats Hummels: Had a better conversion rate (66.7%) than any other player with 2+ goals at the 2014 World Cup #bvb— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 1, 2014
Speaking on Germany's 19:09 Uhr show last month (h/t The Guardian), Black and Yellows manager Juergen Klopp laughed off suggestions Hummels was heading to the English top flight, saying:
I can assure everyone that there are no signs that those two players want to leave. Marco and Mats will play for us the next season. What are we talking about today? Mats to Manchester United? For how much? €20m (£15.8m)? With those kind of sums can you forget that straight away.
"Those sums" may yet improve in the weeks to come, with United and Arsenal each showing their pulling power in recent months, although it would take a monumental effort to prise the World Cup winner away from Signal Iduna Park.
Another name mentioned as a certainty to stay by Klopp in that media appearance was Marco Reus, although the arrival of Bayern Munich as potential contenders for his signature may change matters.
The Express' Charles Perrin reports that Bayern are taking a relaxed approach to the attacker's current position, with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge quoted as saying:
I like to give myself a year in advance to make transfer decisions. But this cannot be done in football any more. In the past we have tried to clarify our transfers early, but today the philosophy is different.
This would suggest that business at the Allianz Arena may be over for this summer, and Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein finds the idea of Reus leaving Dortmund preposterous in any case:
@LeGrove I find that incredibly hard to believe. not letting anyone else go (after Lewy) this summer was no.1 BVB priority & Reus is BVB...— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) July 30, 2014
Bayern have already dealt damaging blows to their rivals with the signings of Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski in recent years. For Reus to depart for Bavaria, too, would be a third domineering mark of Bayern's power.
Juventus have made their stance clear regarding the potential departure of Arturo Vidal this summer, with club director general Giuseppe Marotta quoted by Metro in putting the ball firmly in the Chilean's court:
Vidal? We already said that he is not on the market, but the player’s will is decisive. Vidal has never said he wants to leave, and Juventus will sell him only if he were unhappy to remain.
It's a pragmatic move on the official's behalf, meaning any blame to be held in the case of a Vidal exit lies firmly with the player and relieves Juve of some pressure in the scenario.
Serie A writer James Horncastle insists Vidal will at least be in Turin for the start of the season, though:
@REDARMY1982 every indication they have so far received from Vidal is he’s happy, he’ll be there for 1st game of Serie A etc etc— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) August 2, 2014
The report mentions that a £47 million fee has supposedly been agreed between the two clubs, but Vidal's personal motivation, or lack thereof, may well be the deciding factor.