Manchester United are confident of completing deals to bring in Mats Hummels and Nathaniel Clyne this summer, reports ESPN.
Borussia Dortmund’s captain Hummels has long been considered one of the first names on Louis van Gaal‘s transfer list as the powerful centre-back is one of only a handful of world class centre-backs who are available this summer.
Earlier this week the Belfast Telegraph said Jonny Evans was on his way out to make way for Hummels and although the speculation is frustrating the German defender, it is going to continue for a while yet.
As for Clyne, much like Luke Shaw last season the 24-year-old full-back has long been linked with a move to Man United. Considered a fantastic replacement for Rafael who is expected to believe, Clyne could help bring a much stronger dynamic to United’s right flank which it has lacked this year thanks to Antonio Valencia‘s disciplined and non-adventurous performances.
That being said, Southampton executive director Les Reed said this week that signs were good with regards to Clyne signing a new contract, so there are different opinions coming out of separate camps.
From United’s perspective, signing both players would go some way to strengthening the defence which has been at the core of our problems this season.
Hummels is the leader type figure which hasn’t been replaced following Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand’s exit and Clyne is one of the most promising right-backs in the Premier League, so there’s great potential for him to grow too.
All in all, completing these two deals would be a strong start for van Gaal in the summer transfer window but there would still be lots more work to do in order to build a squad capable of challenging for both the Premier League and Champions League titles.