Sunday 18 March 2018

Hummels move to Bayern Munich could be a double blow for Liverpool

Liverpool's Divock Origi puts his best foot forward against Dortmund’s Mat Hummels
Liverpool's Divock Origi puts his best foot forward against Dortmund’s Mat Hummels
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke appears to have confirmed that defender Mats Hummels is lining up summer move to Bayern Munich - while also hinting striker Mario Gotze could be on his way back to his club.

Dortmund talisman Hummels has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League over the last couple of years, with Manchester United opening talks to sign the German World Cup winner last summer.

That deal collapsed when Hummels opted to remain with Dortmund for another season, but the 27-year-old has confirmed that he is weighing up a transfer this summer.

Chelsea, Liverpool and United have all been rumoured to be eyeing up a move for Hummels, but his future looks set to remain in Germany.

“I believe that if he goes, it will be in the direction of Munich,” said Watzke of the prized centre-back, who started his career with Bayern Munich.

“He still has unfinished business with the club. His father, his mother and his brother all live in Munich.

“His girlfriend comes from Munich, he’s from Munich too - so a whole lot of components have already come together.”

The news of Hummels possible move to Bayern Munich may also affect Liverpool’s ambitions to sign Germany striker Mario Gotze this summer.

A possible swap deal that would see Hummels move to Munich and Gotze return to his former club Dortmund has been mentioned in recent months and now Watzke has confirmed that his club are interesting in bringing back one of their old favourites.

“He came up through the youth teams and he is highly regarded - also by me personally,” added Watzke of Gotze. “If he came on the market and we received a signal that he was interested to come back to us, we’d discuss it.”

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