Manchester United have submitted an opening bid of €30m for Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels, according to SportBild.
The German World Cup winner has been continually linked with a move to Old Trafford and the rumours have intensified following Jurgen Klopp’s announcement that he will leave Dortmund at the end of the campaign.
SportsBild say Dortmund will reject United’s initial offer for Hummels as they are holding out for €40m for the player.
Although it appears that Hummels is set on a move away from the Westfalenstadion, Dortmund are in a strong position to negotiate as his contract runs until 2017, and the fact he is widely considered to have been one of the best centre-backs in Europe over the last few years.
Chris Smalling recently signed a new deal at United but there is no doubt that the club need to strengthen at the back. Louis van Gaal was forced to turn to 19-year-old Paddy McNair in last weekend’s game against Chelsea following injuries to Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.
Although the Northern Irishman put in an excellent shift, van Gaal will know he cannot throw McNair in at the deep end too often at such a young age.
With that in mind, Hummels would be the perfect leader type figure which United are so desperately missing but for a player with a long history of injury problems, there are question marks as to whether van Gaal would be willing to pay €40m for him.