Jurgen Klopp has today rubbished reports that star defender Mats Hummels would be moving to Manchester United this summer for a seemingly cut-price £16 million, according to The Guardian.
The Germany international, fresh off winning the World Cup for his country is expected to be one of the building blocks for Klopp’s young and energetic side after the departure of key striker Robert Lewandowski to arch-rivals Bayern Munich on a free transfer this summer.
As such, reports that Hummels was set for a move to Old Trafford did seem to be wide of the mark, especially for such a low fee after having proved himself to be one of the most accomplished centre-halves at the World Cup, where he was part of a back line that only let in four goals throughout the tournament.
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When asked about the rumours, Klopp is reported to have said: “What are we talking about today? Mats to Manchester United? For how much? €20m (£15.8m)? With those kind of sums can you forget that straight away.”
As such it would appear that journalistic anticipation of a move remains mere speculation at the moment, unless Manchester United considerably up their offer.
Manchester United, meanwhile, apparently remain in the market for a top quality centre-back after losing both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to QPR and Inter Milan respectively.
Louis van Gaal will be forced to move quickly to fill the gap left by the experienced players or he will be forced to field a back four containing the relative experience of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw, all of whom remain unproven on the biggest stage.