Manchester United suffer Borussia Dortmund transfer setback

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Manchester United's attempts to land both Mats Hummels and Marco Reus look to be at an end after the pair were named captain and vice-captain respectively.

The Red Devils are gearing up for a busy few weeks in the transfer window ahead of deadline day, with plenty of players expected to be coming and going.


New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is yet to land a single new player since taking over officially at Old Trafford but that all could change soon. The Dutchman has targeted numbers at the back as a priority, and was keen on landing Hummels as his number one target.

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The defender is reportedly valued at £30 million, but Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp is adamant that he is going nowhere - something backed up by the fact he has been handed the captain's armband for next season.


Reus has been given added responsibility by being named vice-captain so will also stay put. He is on Manchester United's radar but is also attracting interest from both Arsenal and Liverpool.

Despite his new role, the attacking midfielder's future isn't as clear as Hummels' now appears. He is believed to have a release clause in his contract worth €25 million (£19m), but that only becomes active from next season. It is highly unlikely that he will be on the move this summer, but there could be an almighty scrap for his services in 12 months time.

Manchester United frustration

So far Manchester United have been frustrated in the transfer window. They have signed Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw for around £60 million, but as yet have been able to complete deals for a range of targets including Angel di Maria, Thomas Vermaelen, Arturo Vidal and Toni Kroos amongst others. Now it looks like Reus and Hummels are another two names that can be added to that list.

One man who could sign on the dotted line at Old Trafford soon is Daley Blind; the Dutch star could be bought in as defensive cover for up to £20 million.

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