According to the German paper, Bild, Manchester United have officially made an offer to German power, Borussia Dortmund, for their captain and defender, Mats Hummels. United have been targeting Hummels as a potential transfer target for some time now, with an official offer being made today.
The Red Devils have reportedly submitted a £21.5m offer for the German defence-man’s services. Dortmund have previously stated that they value their leader at £35m, but United are reportedly trying to bring that figure down as Hummels has had a relatively poor season by his standards, clashing with fans of the club along the way.
While the German international is under contract until 2017, he has previously indicated a desire to leave the Bundesliga for a move abroad. Speaking to a German magazine, Kicker, he said, “Basically, I think moving abroad would be good for my professional and personal well-being. Eventually, I’d like to leave the Bundesliga.”
Clearly United are also trying to take advantage of the current managerial situation in Dortmund. With news last week that head coach Jurgen Klopp is leaving Dortmund after this season, there are likely going to be many big names following him out the door.
Hummels has been a great player his whole career and he was arguably the best defender in last summer’s World Cup, as his German squad won the tournament.
Pairing Hummels with a recently extended Chris Smalling would be very beneficial to United’s back line as they look to win the Premier League crown next season.