In gossip terms, Mats Hummels has tossed out your classic “come and get me” to a certain club in the Premier League.
The Borussia Dortmund and Germany defender, 26, has a contract with his club through 2016, but a Bild report has quotes that claim his eyes have been opened to opportunities outside of the Westfalenstadion.
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Is Hummels calling out to Old Trafford? You tell us.
“If I was to transfer abroad at some stage, then it would only be to Manchester United,” Hummels said.
Hummels’ agent, his father Hermann, is a friend of Van Gaal from when they both worked at Bayern Munich, where Hummels senior was youth team co-ordinator until 2012, while Van Gaal was head coach from 2009 until 2011.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed the club captain informed them he is weighing up his options.
“Mats had a conversation with [director of sport] Michael Zorc and myself two weeks ago, when he informed us that he is thinking about his future,” said Watzke. “That is completely legitimate. He has a contract until 2017 and we haven’t received an offer, therefore we’re pretty relaxed.”
Hummels, it goes without saying but we will anyway, is an absolute beast and his game should translate to the Premier League without problem. What would the price tag be for the German star?