Manchester United are ready to reignite their interest in Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels following last summer’s failed attempt to bring the Germany international to the Premier League.
United’s defence has been a serious cause for concern for manager Louis van Gaal since arriving at Old Trafford last year, and it’s highly likely that it will be the first area of his side that he addresses in the summer given the club are unlikely to make Radamel Falcao’s loan move permanent.
According to the Daily Mail, the club’s hierarchy have given the green light to make a move for Hummels in order to sign the 26-year-old in the summer, although Dortmund are determined not to let their captain leave the club on the cheap.
The centre-back has appeared visibly frustrated this season given Dortmund’s troubles, ad at one point the regular title contenders were in the midst of a relegation battle as they sat bottom of the Bundesliga during the Christmas period.
Dortmund are prepared to hold out for up to £36m before allowing United to begin talks regarding a move, but the belief is that Hummels is determined to move on from the 2012-13 Champions League finalists and begin a new chapter in his career, having been part of the World Cup-winning Germany side last year.
United’s interest in Hummels stems from Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as manager as he attended the 2011-12 German Cup final in order to take a closer look at Hummels. His talent was plain to see, with Dortmund going on to upset the odds and power past rivals Bayern Munich with a 5-2 victory to lift the trophy.
Since then though, Dortmund’s squad has been depleted of its best stars, with the likes of Mario Götze, Robert Lewandowski and Shinji Kagawa – who joined United – leaving Jürgen Klopp’s side in recent years.
Dortmund have also gone out of the Champions League following last week’s last-16 second leg defeat to Juventus, which saw them knocked out 5-1 on aggregate and end their only realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Despite a long-overdue revival coming of late in the league that has lifted them to tenth thanks to wins over Hannover, Schalke and Stuttgart plus draws with FC Koln and Hamburg, the club remain 12 points behind fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen with just eight games remaining.
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