Mats Hummels set to turn down Man Utd
Mats Hummels is ready to turn down an offer to join Manchester United and stay at Borussia Dortmund, according to reports in Germany tonight.
United officials had held preliminary discussions over a deal to sign Hummels this summer, with a fee in the region of €40m expected to be enough for United to lure the Germany World Cup winner to Old Trafford.
Yet Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has apparently confirmed that Hummels has had a change of heart over a summer transfer and is now ready to commit his future to his current employer.
"It made sense that Mats was thinking about his future but I always pointed out that we plan for the future with him," he said, with further quotes expected tomorrow.
Kicker- tomorrow: Hummels has turned Manchester United down and will stay in Dortmund.— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) May 20, 2015
Hummels had previously confirmed that he was considering his future and suggested the time may be right for him to move to a foreign club, with the departure of Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp viewed by many as confirmation that sweeping changes were imminent at the Bundesliga club.
Yet if the latest reports prove to be accurate, Hummels will not be United top defensive signing of this summer after all in what would be a blow to boss Louis van Gaal after a year-long chase for the centre-back.
The Kicker magazine story also suggests United are closing in on a move for Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger, while reports in Spain suggest United are close to a deal to sign defender Nicolas Otamendi to sign from Valencia.