Manchester United feel closest to signing Mats Hummels

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Manchester United feel they are closest to completing the signing of Mats Hummels and are also very confident of bringing Southampton defender Luke Shaw to Old Trafford.

This is according to a piece in The Daily Post penned by reputable freelance journalist Andy Mitten, who suggests that Chelsea supporter Shaw's family would prefer he moves to the Red Devils.

If such information is indeed accurate, Manchester United fans will surely be extremely excited and satisfied with the potential for two truly stellar additions.

Hummels - who will form a crucial part of Germany's defence at this summer's World Cup and is rated at £30 million - is extremely well-regarded at home in the Bundesliga, with the 25-year-old having performed heroically for Borussia Dortmund in recent seasons.

A strong, agile and resolute defender also capable of playing the ball out from the back, the elegant Hummels would surely be viewed as a real statement of positive intent from new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and a hugely capable replacement for the lost experience of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

Such a signing - providing it does go through of course - would be a testament to Van Gaal's enduring reputation and ability to attract the very best talent, with Manchester United having been widely expected to struggle to secure their top targets this summer due to an unfortunate absence from next season's Champions League.

A deal for Shaw would be less surprising, considering that Manchester United appear to have been chasing the 18-year-old for most of the 2013/14 season.

The short extension of Patrice Evra's expiring contract appeared to lead to initial confusion about the pursuit of Shaw, although it appears that a deal for the England international appears to be still very much on Van Gaal's transfer agenda.

Shaw proved himself to be arguably the most exciting young player in the entire Premier Leagye last season during a hugely productive spell for the Saints under Mauricio Pochettino and would presumably be the perfect long-term successor to French stalwart Evra.

Manchester United fans, would you be satisfied with the signings of Hummels and Shaw? Who else do you expect Van Gaal to bring to Old Trafford this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box provided below.

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