According to multiple sources, Manchester United have lodged a ‘take it or leave it’ offer for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, with some estimating that it may exceed the £20 million ($34 million) mark. If Dortmund reject the bid, United manager Louis van Gaal is expected to look elsewhere.
Mats Hummels has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer and has admitted his interest in joining the club one day, though stated that he does not expect to leave Dortmund for now.
A starter for Germany, Hummels has impressed in his country’s World Cup campaign thusfar, leading the side into the round of 16 with a run of solid performances. Germany have conceded just three times in their opening four matches at the World Cup.
Hummels joined Dortmund from Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich in 2007, making 227 appearances in all competitions hitherto. Known as a skilful and clean centre back, the consistency of the German international in recent seasons has led to links with some of Europe’s best, and it is not yet certain whether Hummels will stay put at the Westfalenstadion.
Jurgen Klopp, Dortmund’s current boss, was linked with the United post after David Moyes was sacked by the club in May, though decided to stick with his flourishing Bundesliga outfit. A number of Dortmund players have been targeted by van Gaal, like his predecessor Moyes, with the likes of Ilkay Gündôgan, Marco Reus and Henrick Mkhitaryan also rumoured to be on the Dutchman’s radar.
Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have both left United after seeing out their contract, and an established defender is needed for the club’s upcoming campaign. While Phil Jones is expected to have a role in van Gaal’s side, he is also looking elsewhere for central defensive talent, with Thomas Vermaelen, Stefan de Vrij and Eliquiam Mangala targeted.
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