Manchester United have finally been given the go-ahead to close in on Mats Hummels and install him as their new defensive lynchpin at the end of the season. Sportsmail understands that, after years of staying loyal to Borussia Dortmund and resisting overtures from United, the Germany centre-back has decided he's ready to cut his ties with the fallen Bundesliga giants and move on. He is fully aware of continuing interest from Old Trafford and is believed to have set his sights on becoming the latest big-name addition to an expensive United refit under Louis Van Gaal.
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Has Gaya committed yet to Valencia, wouldn't mind him
but with Hummels, definitely #1 priority. for 36 million, he's well worth it, but it is an appropriate price tag also for dortmund to at least get someone back whose decent to fill the void (at least quality wise, his presence will be harder to replace, subotic will have to step up on the leadership part you would think)
Hummels says he's thinking about Man United move, wants transfer abroad for several reasons
Borussia Dortmund central defender Mats Hummels has spoken to German magazine Kicker about his future or not at the Bundesliga club. Dortmund have had a really difficult season and it's almost impossible that they'd be able to qualify for the Champions League now. It had been suggested in Germany that a lack of Champions League football would deter Hummels from staying with Dortmund but he's told Kicker that's not the case and qualification for the competition is not a decision maker or breaker.
However, yet again Hummels has refused to commit his future to Dortmund. The defender has done this repeatedly over the last few years and his reasoning is usually the same... that he's not keen on footballers who continually promise to stay and then leave clubs - if an exit is a consideration then he won't claim otherwise.
Kicker say that on interest from foreign clubs, with Manchester United being the only one they actually mention, Hummels explained "I often think I want to definitely move abroad. Then there are also days when I'm saying I don't need to.
"Basically, I believe that a foreign move will be good for both football and personal development."
It's quite a measured response but certainly won't be music to the ears of Dortmund fans who would like Hummels to stay at the club after the current season. The German international is certainly keeping his options open and admitting that a move to Manchester United, or elsewhere, is certainly a consideration. Hummels explains why he fancies a move away from Germany and how that would be good for him, but keeps the caveat that sometimes he thinks differently.
Mats Hummels and the FAKE Manchester United quotes
Posted by SPORT WITNESS on March 31, 2015 at 17:25 in Sport Witness Football
From bad to worse. It's only Tuesday of this traditionally quiet week and there's a legitimate football story about today, this evening England play in Italy in Turin and there's a lot surrounding that game in terms of opportunities for words. On the transfer front the stories in Italy regarding Paulo Dybala and Arsenal continue apace with Palermo's president again providing handy soundbites. Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao has also helped the media out with comments about playing for Manchester United, and just below the surface there's a whole lot more. It's easy pickings.
Given all of that it's a worrying sign that words from today's copy of Bild have been twisted and presented as something they are absolutely not. There's no tumbleweed in the reporting market like there will be later on in the week and already any idea of bothering to check things has been dispensed with. God help us all.
Bild have been pushing Hummels to Old Trafford strongly for around a week and on Tuesday they explain that Manchester United interest goes back some way. Sit comfortably for the story which Bild tell...
'Three years ago there was surprise in Germany when the great Sir Alex Ferguson turned up for the cup final. He'd taken a private jet to watch the match and his trip wasn't just to admire the football on display and watch Shinji Kagawa, it was also to check out Mats Hummels.
On that day in 2012, Hummels supposedly gave Ferguson a spicy promise "If I switch abroad at some point, then it will only be to Manchester United"'
That's the story. Bild paraphrasing something which they say Hummels 'supposedly' told Ferguson in 2012. It's not an actual quote and it's certainly not recent.
Imagine the surprise then when FIFA published the following:
'The Germany centre-back told Monday's edition of Kicker that he "often thinks about moving abroad", but gave Tuesday's instalment of Bild a far stronger indication of his Manchester thoughts.
"If I was to transfer abroad at some stage, then it would only be to Manchester United," Hummels said.'
No FIFA, Hummels hasn't given Bild anything. Bild have paraphrased what he may have said in 2012. Absolute nonsense, easy to trace nonsense, as clear as nonsense is likely to get. And yet within minutes it was all over the British press. The Telegraph, The Daily Star and The Daily Express have all already carried it without any caveat explaining it's paraphrasing from 2012.
Hummels and his girlfriend Cathy Fischer could be on their way to Manchester
Manchester United target Mats Hummels has offered a fresh hint that he is ready to make a move this summer after admitting he is "reflecting" on a move away from Borussia Dortmund.
The Sunday World revealed yesterday that both Hummels and PSV Eindhoven midfielder Memphis Depay are keen to make a move to Old Trafford, with the first of the high profile duo going on the record to confirm he is weighing up his options.
Dortmund seem certain to miss out on a place in the Champions League next season while they may not even qualify for the Europa League, and Hummels has admitted again he may not be sticking with the club for much longer.
"That doesn't mean that I am leaving, it just means I'm reflecting," he told Sky television following a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich at the weekend.
"There's no particular tendency one way or the other. It's just thoughts going through my mind. It will all become clearer in the coming weeks."
In 2007, when he moved to Dortmund from Bayern, he turned down an approach from Hoffenheim and said that was a "gut feeling".
"It's going to be the same again this time," added the 26-year-old, who still has two years left to run on his contract with the Westphalians, but has already attracted attention from several other clubs around Europe.
Manchester United are willing to offer up to €40m to sign Hummels, with the German club confirming they will consider offers for their skipper at the end of this campaign.