Top Louis van Gaal target Mats Hummels has dropped the clearest hint yet that he could make a move to Manchester United in the future, insisting that it’s a career goal for him to leave the Bundesliga.
The Germany international has found himself the centre of mass transfer speculation in recent times, with United having reignited their interest in his services as they look to bolster their back-line. Dortmund’s terrible domestic campaign hasn’t helped matters of course, and now Hummels has revealed that he might well leave the Signal Iduna Park come the summer.
In a statement intended to make his views on a departure clear to Dortmund fans, Jurgen Klopp’s captain played up the idea of leaving Germany for the good of his career.
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"Basically ... I think moving abroad will be good for my professional and personal well being. Eventually, I'd like to leave the Bundesliga," the 26-year-old said, according to the Daily Telegraph.
"I'm being open about this because I'm not a fan of those who claim they are staying but, behind the scenes, have actually secretly agreed a transfer away from their current club."
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The words will come as a hammer blow to Klopp given the circumstances but Van Gaal will be all too happy to offer Hummels his chance abroad if he’s given the opportunity. The ex-Bayern Munich defender is a chief transfer target for the Dutchman ahead of a summer where he’s looking to make more statements of intent in the market, and strengthening the back four has become a priority.
At the moment Van Gaal can only rely on the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans in the heart of his defence and if United are to be able to compete in the Champions League a natural leader is what’s needed.
Gone are the days when the Red Devils could rely on stalwarts like Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to ensure solidity at the back in the biggest games, and though Van Gaal’s reign has seen plenty of attacking stars added to the roster a strong centre-back has yet to arrive.
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If playing abroad is what Hummels aspires to achieve then there’s few better clubs than United when it comes to accommodating him. Their financial status is as sound as any given the large cash injection set to come from the new Adidas sponsorship deal in the summer and providing they can claim a top four finish they will be playing once again in Europe’s premier cup competition.
Of course with his reputation across the continent in mind it’s highly unlikely that United will be the only team looking to win his favour. The likes of Real Madrid and Arsenal could challenge for his signature given the fact that neither is overly strong in the defensive third, and with Hummels not having clarified where exactly it is that he wants to end up his future remains open.
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