Manchester United still favourites to sign Mats Hummels

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Much coveted Dortmund defender Mats Hummels
Much coveted Dortmund defender Mats Hummels

Outgoing Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp is being strongly tipped to take over at Manchester City, but Manchester United remain the firm favourites to sign his star defender Mats Hummels.

Klopp was quickly installed as the bookies favourite to replace Manuel Pellegrini at City after he announced earlier today that he was leaving Dortmund this summer after an eight year reign as the club's head coach.

That inevitably sparked suggestions that he will look to take Hummels with him to his next club, yet our sources are still suggesting that the Dortmund skipper has his heart set on a move to City's neighbours Manchester United.

Our exclusive last month suggesting Hummels and Dutch international Memphis Depay had given the green light for moves to United have been backed up by hints from the camps of both players that they would favour a move to Old Trafford.

Klopp even went public last weekend to confirm Hummels was weighing up a move to United as he offered these comments to broadcaster DW Sport:

"He's good enough for Manchester United. He's told me he's thinking things over," stated Klopp.

"We're always looking around the market ourselves. There’s always a list of players who would be interesting in the event that you need them."

Now the word in Germany suggests a decision over Hummels and his partner Kathy Fischer (above) are on their way to Manchester, with German newspapers suggesting a €40m deal with United could be thrashed out soon.

Could that deal be derailed by Klopp entering the race to sign him for his next club? That remains to be seen, but United boss Louis van Gaal is good friends with Hummels' father Herman and that should help to ease the deal through.

Meanwhile, respected broadcaster and former Premier League striker Jan Age Fjortoft offered this view of the prospect of the World Cup winning defender joining United, as he suggested his recent form was not worthy of his lavish price tag.

So it seems that Klopp joining Man City may not necessarily mean United will miss out on their chief target Mats Hummels, but they may be wise to act now before that plot line changes.