The return of mats hummels to dortmund is the biggest coup of the transfer period so far.
The deal was finalized by borussia and FC bayern in a relatively short time, with the conditions both fubball-bundesligisten and the 30-year-old seem to live very well. In addition to the opportunities, however, the deal also harbors risks for all three parties.
The chances: hummels is not only in the eyes of former coach ottmar hitzfeld the type of player that borussia has been missing in many respects. An experienced boss for the young defense, a leader in difficult times. Young stars can grow on him. After being booted out of the national team, hummels performed well in munich. He wants to prove it to national coach joachim low and other critics. Maybe also the bayern, where he would have been no longer unrestricted regular player. In addition, hummels brings head strong into the game, even at standards. If it works out with reus, hummels takes some pressure off his shoulders. The same goes for manuel akanji, who at 23 no longer needs to be the head of defense. As someone who speaks out clearly, he could become the extended arm of external advisor matthias sammer.
The risks: hummels earns a lot and has leadership aspirations. Both could cause unrest. It will be exciting to watch the relationship with captain marco reus, whom BVB has just molded into a leading player. It will be even more exciting to coach lucien favre, because hummels has had problems with many of his coaches (thomas tuchel, joachim low, carlo ancelotti, niko kovac), at least in the meantime. As someone who often speaks his mind, he can always cause trouble. In addition, the investment of apparently more than 30 million euros is high for a player who you don't know if you'll ever be able to sell again.
FC BAYERN Munich
The chances: the munich team is in transition, after arjen robben, franck ribery and rafinha, hummels is the fourth u30-professional to leave the team. In the defense, which will be strengthened with the world champions lucas hernandez and benjamin pavard, the bayern avoid an oversupply and bank printer frustration by the sale. The proceeds could be used for further expensive purchases, national player leroy sane is on the wish list. Because hummels is often critical, the rekordmeister also gets rid of a potential troublemaker – in the previous season, the veteran did not hold back even with subtle criticism of kovac. The coach is more likely to be strengthened by the deal.
The risks: bayern loses an experienced leader in the world champion of 2014. This vacuum must now be filled in the central defense by niklas sule and the two new frenchmen – while pavard comes from a relegation season in stuttgart and hernandez from an injury break. At the highest international level, the three of them still have to prove themselves as pillars of the defense. In the dressing room, hummels was sometimes ticked off, but as a veteran he was respected. Now it's a matter of not losing the balance between young wild ones and experienced oldies.
The opportunities: the professional no longer saw himself as a regular at bayern, he had no desire for a future as a backup behind sule, pavard, hernandez (and temporary defender javi martinez). In dortmund, he should once again be the clear leader of a young defensive force. In addition, he received more appreciation from the BVB bosses than in munich – contact with club boss hans-joachim watzke always remained close. In addition, it was still not assured months ago that hummels at that age once again gets a multi-year contract at a rumored annual salary in the double-digit million range.
The risks: the club management is happy about the transfer coup, but the fans were split in their initial reactions. Many have not forgiven hummels that he moved to the rough championship rival in 2016 after eight years. He also expects displeasure from the ranks during his comeback. The team itself has also changed, he will not be allowed to see himself as a clear boss from the beginning. Manager michael zorc already declared that reus would remain captain. And the young defender colleagues such as akanji or dan-axel zagadou could be motivated to provide the new one with an internal competition right from the start.
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