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Manchester United make Mats Hummels top transfer target

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Manchester United have made Mats Hummels their top transfer priority this summer - however the Borussia Dortmund defender is happy to stay put in Germany. 

That's according to The Express' Manchester correspondent Richard Tanner, who was speaking to TalkSPORT.

All change at Manchester United

The Red Devils have already completed deals for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw for a combined price of over £50 million, with plenty more to follow as new boss Louis van Gaal attempts overhaul his squad.

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Most of the names linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks have been attacking players, but they have a problem in defence which needs resolving. Both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have departed Old Trafford, leaving them shy of a top-level centre-back - although they do have Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on their books.

Hummels bid

According to recent reports Manchester United have identified Hummels, who is currently away with Germany at the World Cup, to come and fill the void, and are gearing up to make a £20 million offer shortly.

Tanner insists that the 25-year-old, who has admitted in the past that he would be open to playing in England, is now the Red Devils' top target. However any deal could be tricky for the Old Trafford based outfit, as he would prefer to stay in Germany.

Tanner told TalkSPORT: "Hummels is their number one target but I don’t think he wants to come. He’s been quoted as saying he is happy where he is and wants another year in Germany.

Alternatives

That could mean they make a move for a cheaper alternative in the for of Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.

"Thomas Vermaelen is very much on their radar. He might not be able to get in the Arsenal team but Manchester United fancy him," continued Tanner. "There are also a couple of Dutch players that new boss Louis van Gaal knows well, Bruno Martins Indi and Stefan de Vrij. They are a possibility."

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