Borussia Dortmund have rejected the widespread reports that they will allow Mats Hummels to join Manchester United in the summer. On Tuesday (24/3) Daily Mail claimed that Hummels was ready to quit the Westfalenstadion, and currently he is in line to make a move to Old Trafford with £36 million fee at the end of the season.
Mats Hummels has become a United target for the last two transfer windows, but until now Borussia Dortmund fended off the interest. While he has not committed to Broussia long-term, the 26-year-old has also gone on record for several times saying that he does not think about leaving the club he joined as a youngster from Bayern Munich in 2008.
The captain of the squad, Hummels quickly established himself as first-choice player during his first full season in BVB and officially signed to the club for a fee of €4 million. Hummels experienced one of the most successful moment during his career as professional player during the 2010-11 season, in which he is assigned as the regular first-choice center back. His performance was widely appraised for his displays of great quality tackling, positioning and composure.
The German man has attracted praise and pundits and coaches alike, and considered one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga, and in Europe.
On the other hand, concerning the fact that Borussia Dortmund almost certain to miss out on qualification for the Champions League next season, rumors have been widely spread once again. Sources have told ESPN FC that Borussia Dortmund are going to make themselves ready for offers for Hummels, and could be willing to sell their defender.
Additional reports in the English press revealed that United boss Louis van Gaal is willing to bid up to €41 million to get the German defender. And with just two more years left on Hummel’s contract with Borussia Dortmund, it is also reported that the team could be willing to sell their player for around €45 million.
However, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc laughed off the speculation that reported by several press. “According to reports, Manchester United opened talks at least 13 times,” he said, “Mats is an incredibly important player for us, with whom we continue to plan.”
Furthermore, he also rejected any media reports that World Cup winner Matthias Ginter has been demoted to the club’s second team. Dortmund, German championships in 2011 and 2012, have been struggling this season and sit in the 10th chair, chasing a European spot with eight games left.