Manchester United are desperate to land Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels this summer, but the German international may not want the move, according to the Daily Express’ Richard Tanner.
Hummels on the radar
The publication’s Manchester football correspondent told talkSPORT that he believed Hummels was now Louis van Gaal’s No.1 target as the Dutchman seeks to bolster his defence, and that Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen was still very much on the radar.
So what role would either man take up where they to sign on at Old Trafford? Well, reports yesterday claimed that Van Gaal plans on implementing a 3-4-3 formation with the Red Devils next season, which would indicate a dire need for an experienced defender. The Mail claims Vermaelen could be used in the famous libero role, but it remains to be seen whether Hummels would do the same job.
If Van Gaal were to put into practise the aforementioned tactical change it would obviously mean that Luke Shaw and Rafael would effectively become wing-backs, facilitating a need for three defenders. Whilst Phil Jones is considered an excellent prospect for the future, and perhaps a man who could one day be captain, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans have yet to prove that they can cut it at the highest level when offered a starting XI berth, and this could force United into the transfer market.
Both Hummels and Vermaelen are experienced, but the chances of Van Gaal convincing both to move to Manchester aren't favourable. Instead fans can expect to possibly see one make the move, with Hummels arguable the more in-form of the pair but his Arsenal rival having already become accustomed to Premier League football.
Evra to Juventus
And United may also be forced to look for another left-back, as reports in Italy last night claimed that Patrice Evra has agreed a two year deal with Juventus, despite only recently signing a year-long extension in Manchester. They currently have the Frenchman set to compete for the spot with new signing Luke Shaw, but were he to leave it would leave them with only the 18-year-old following the sale of Alexander Buttner.
Sky Italia journalist Gianluca di Marzio yesterday broke the news that Evra had consented to a €3.5million-a-year deal spanning two seasons, but the two clubs have yet to agree any sort of fee. It may well be a safer option to retain the services of the France international for another campaign, particularly with his replacement being so young.
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