Speculation has been rife for months that Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels would arrive at Old Trafford to play in the Red Devils’ central defense.
The rumors heated up earlier this week when Hummels openly stated that if he was to leave Dortmund, he would exit “only to Manchester United.”
In the winter transfer window, due to United chairman Ed Woodward’s knack for bringing in players right before the deadline, many thought Hummels was next in line, for a record fee above $47.74 million (£32 million).
After a turbulent first half of the Bundesliga season that had them in relegation at several points, Borussia Dortmund is now sitting right in the middle of the table at 10th place.
Still, it’s clear that BVB’s officials, specifically chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke, wants to get the most value out of selling their key players.
“In this moment this a total dummy discussion, because there is no offer. If one arrives, we will discuss it internally and make a decision,” Watzke said. “But this decision will only be taken by BVB.
“The situation at Dortmund is like this: We’ve lost one major player each year, but we don’t stop playing football. To be clear: Mats knows his contractual situation, he described it in that interview himself. The decision where Mats will play next season will only be taken by BVB.”
We know that Louis van Gaal loves the style of Mats Hummels, and any manager in the world would relish the skills one of the world’s best defenders brings to the table. Acquiring Hummels in the summer would continue to escalate objectives for the Red Devils, perhaps putting them in the league title conversation if other squad-boosting transfers transpire.