Someone get Mats Hummels a sleeping pill.
The Borussia Dortmund and German national team center back, 27, will be a wanted man this summer as his contract at the Westfalenstadion has just one year remaining on it.
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Hummels will attract interest from across Europe and the powerful defender has admitted he is losing sleep over the speculation regarding his future.
Speaking to Sky Sports in Germany, Hummels revealed the extent of his internal struggle about where his future lies.
“It’s a very difficult decision, and when I finally make it people will understand how hard it is for me,” Hummels said. “It’s been taking me at least half an hour extra to fall asleep for several weeks now because this is such a big issue for me.”
Who are the teams said to be interested in Hummels?
The World Cup winning defender is said to be interesting Dortmund’s bitter rivals Bayern Munich, something his agent and father Hermann admitted, plus he is also being linked with Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona.
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Perhaps the front-runners for Hummels’ signature are Liverpool, but the big stumbling block could be whether or not they can offer him UEFA Champions League action next season. The Reds would have to win the Europa League to make that a possibility.
Despite Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel performing well for Jurgen Klopp in recent weeks, the former Dortmund boss would certainly like to be reunited with the defender who became his defensive leader at BVB. Klopp gave Hummels the chance to establish himself in the Bundesliga and there is a strong connection there.
Hummels’ physicality show he is ready for the Premier League and his poise on the ball is admirable. In the past Manchester United were heavily linked with a move for Hummels following the 2014 World Cup, plus Barcelona has shown plenty of defensive deficiencies this season with Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano exposed.
Whatever happens this summer, Hummels will be a man in demand as the fact that he only has one-year left on his current deal means he will be available in a cut-price deal should he not sign a new contract with Dortmund.
Watch this space.