Manchester United made a formal bid of between €35 million and €40 million for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels, it has emerged. Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp slammed United’s reported €20 million bid for the German World Cup winner earlier today - but it appears that the Red Devils’ offer was, in fact, considerably higher.
This is according to Italian newspaper Il Tempo - and brought to our attention by Sport Witness - who claim that United submitted an offer more befitting the 25-year-old’s talent and reputation. The recent World Cup finals in Brazil allowed Hummels to cement his status as one of the world’s most revered central defenders.
Klopp: Hummels wants to stay
While taking the time to blast United’s derisory offer, Klopp also revealed that Hummels - along with teammate Marco Reus - has expressed no desire to leave the Bundesliga outfit this summer.
“I can assure everyone that there are no signs that those two players want to leave. Marco and Mats will play for us the next season,” Klopp told the 19:09 Uhr show.
Van Gaal needs an experienced defender
After losing the services of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in the summer, United boss Louis van Gaal is on the lookout for an experienced centre-back with world-class quality.
Hummels - who has won two Bundesliga titles, reached a Champions League final and lifted the World Cup - fits the bill, which is why Van Gaal is so determined to strike a deal.
United are believed to be on the verge of signing Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal, but the acquisition of Hummels would be a major statement of intent from a manager who has already secured deals for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.
Watch: Hummels' World Cup displays
Hummels open to United transfer?
Earlier this month it was widely reported that, if Borussia Dortmund were prepared to sell, Hummels would be open to the idea of moving to Old Trafford.
However, Dortmund rarely sell players unless they have 12 months or less to run on their contracts - and Hummels’ deal at Signal Iduna Park, which features no release clause, runs until 2017.
Subsequently, United face an uphill struggle to convince Dortmund into selling one of their prized assets this summer. But a deal in excess of €40 million may at least tempt BVB into considering entering negotiations over a potential big-money transfer.