Reports: Manchester United target Mats Hummels to leave Borussia Dortmund for £36 million
If reports are to be believed, Manchester United have finally been given the green light to close a deal with Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. Sportsmail believes that Hummels is finally ready to cut his ties with the Bundesliga side after years of loyalty to the Signal Iduna park.
Manchester United’s admiration of the 26-year-old is no secret and the interest is said to date back to the 2011-12 season, when Sir Alex Ferguson attended the German Cup final to watch Jurgen Klopp's yellow brigade crush the mighty Bayern Munich 5-2.
Hummels thought to be open to move
The defender too is aware of the continued interest from United and is believed to have made up his mind on becoming the latest big-name addition to an expensive and ambitious project at Old Trafford initiated under Louis van Gaal this season.
Dortmund values the German international at £36 million and the asking price could be the only stumbling block for the deal to go through.
United are however, unlikely to be deterred by a high price tag with substantial transfer funds at their disposal. The club is thought to have acquired the permission to open talks in an attempt to agree a valuation for the player.
Till now, repeated approaches for Hummels have always been met with stubborn resistance on Dortmund’s part, but a sharp decline in the team’s performance this year has prompted the German international to indicate that he might finally be ready to move on.
Dortmund endured a terrible start to the season and needed a late revival to climb out of the relegation zone. They now sit 10th in the Bundesliga and are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League next season.