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Man Utd make opening bid for Mats Hummels

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Hummels in action for Germany against Ireland last year
Hummels in action for Germany against Ireland last year

Borussia Dortmund have rejected Manchester United's opening offer to sign their captain Mats Hummels, according to reports in Germany.

United are believed to have made a tentative offer of around €30m for Hummels in initial talks with Dortmund, but they are not believe to have formally submitted the bid in writing.

Dortmund have accepted that Hummels will follow head coach Jurgen Klopp out of the club this summer, with United the long-time favourites to land the defender who has confirmed he is considering his future at the German club.

Our exclusive last month revealed that Hummels and Dutch winger Memphis Depay were ready to join United and after it was confirmed the Old Trafford club have made contact with PSV Eindhoven over a swoop for Depay, it now seems as if the wheels are also in motion over a deal to recruit Hummels.

The 26-year-old central defender's father Hermann is a friend of United boss Louis van Gaal and the World Cup winner from last summer is keen to try and push through a move to United in the coming weeks.

Yet Dortmund are unlikely to sanction a cut-price deal for a player they rate at closer to the €40m mark, with United certain to inflate their offer to that total in a bid to secure their top defensive target.

United are keen to push the deal through before a bidding war begins for Hummels, but they hope the desire of all parties to wrap up the move will help to seal what should be one of the more eye catching transfer of this summer's window.