Mats Hummels is reported to be the top centre-back target for Manchester United this summer, despite the club seemingly having recently made a more concerted effort to sign Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal.
Hummels has been linked with a move to Manchester United for some time, with the club’s interest in the Borussia Dortmund player dating back the the illustrious tenure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Reports of an approach persisted during David Moyes’ failed reign, while speculation has intensified following the appointment of Louis van Gaal. The Sun on Sunday now reports that the new Manchester United manager has identified Hummels as a key acquisition.
The respective departures of Old Trafford icons Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand has left central defence an area that needs addressing, and Hummels may well be the man to fill that hole.
Happy at Dortmund
Hummels has established himself among the elite performers in his position during his time with Borussia Dortmund, although the 25-year-old Germany international has maintained a desire to stay with his current employers.
Before leaving for World Cup duty, Hummels claimed to be “100 percent happy” with his current situation, which may be why Manchester United have supposedly ramped up their efforts to recruit Vermaelen.
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Vermaelen deal on the cards?
The Belgian is some way down the pecking order at Arsenal with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny the favoured centre-half pairing of Arsene Wenger. Vermaelen is now expected to depart, despite his status as captain.
There have been reports that there is already an agreement in place between Vermaelen and Manchester United, who are now working on negotiating an £11 million transfer fee with the Gunners.