Manchester United Get 'All-Clear' To Sign World Cup Winning Centre-Back
Manchester United have long chased Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels and it finally seems as if the German club are resigning themselves to his impending departure. The Guardian report that Manchester United now have the 'all-clear' to move forward with a transfer.
This is after Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed that if an offer came in it would be discussed and a decision would be made.
“In this moment this a total dummy discussion, because there is no offer. If one arrives, we will discuss it internally and make a decision. But this decision will only be taken by BVB." Said Watzke.
“The situation at Dortmund is like this: We’ve lost one major player each year but we don’t stop playing football. To be clear: Mats knows his contractual situation, he described it in that interview himself. The decision where Mats will play next season will only be taken by BVB.”
The player himself has also alluded to an exit from the Bundesliga and accepts that a new challenge is important for his career's progression.
“I think moving abroad will be good for my professional and personal well-being,” he said.
“Eventually, I’d like to leave the Bundesliga. I’m being open about this because I’m not a fan of those who claim they are staying but, behind the scenes, have actually secretly agreed a transfer away from their current club. Everyone knows how much I love it at Dortmund, but I also want to make sure I’m part of a strong team with powerful players.”
Hummels is thought to be a fan of Louis van Gaal because his father Herman served as Bayern Munich's youth coach whilst the Dutchman was at the helm of the first team.
The World Cup winning centre-back is valued at £30million and would be an exceptional addition to a Manchester United side that's crying out for experienced defensive stability.