Manchester United could miss out on Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels this summer, as he is apparently looking to move to Barcelona if he leaves Germany.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims that not only does the German international regularly tune in to watch Barca games, but he has confessed to one of his friends that he sees his future at the Nou Camp, and is aiming to impress Catalan chiefs at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
The news will likely come as a blow to United fans, as many rumours had circulated suggesting David Moyes was intending to bring Hummels to Old Trafford as a long-term replacement for departing club captain Nemanja Vidic.
However Mundo’s report directly contradicts that notion, and backs up the theory that the 24-year-old, who has become a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s impressive Dortmund side, could in fact instead replace Carles Puyol with the reigning Spanish champions.
Of course Dortmund’s fortunes this season could be a deciding factor in whether Hummels stays or goes, as last season’s Champions League finalists are struggling to replicate the form of their last campaign. What’s more, the departure of Robert Lewandowski, coupled with the possible exits of Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus, mean that the German outfit are likely to be significantly weaker next year, which could prompt Hummels to look for pastures new.