In what previously seemed like a deal of 'will he won't he' it appears that Borussia Dortmund have given the go ahead for Manchester United to sign their captain and talisman Mats Hummels.
And the player has now turned what looked like another transfer rumour, into a 'come and get me' plea.
Dortmund have enjoyed a turbulent season and have heavily relied on the work of their defensive pillar of Mats Hummels and co. However it appears that in a shocking revelation, the Bundesliga side are willing to listen to offers for the skipper.
Van Gaal is a long term admirer of the 34 time capped German centre back and it appears he could be set to finally get the player he has been wanting for so long as Dortmund have admitted they will be now listening to offers to the player in the close season.
The revelation comes as a shock as Hummels recently put a stop to any rumours by declaring that he hadn't been approached by the Red Devils and somewhat extinguished any circulating gossip about the players future.
However, according to The Guardian Dortmund's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke was quick to add fuel to the fire;
“The situation at Dortmund is like this: We’ve lost one major player each year but we don’t stop playing football. To be clear: Mats knows his contractual situation"
The indication from Watzke here is that although relatively settled at Dortmund, Hummels looks subject to be on the move from the club he's been at since 2009 as the player would be reluctant to sign a new contract. The board must surely be looking to cash in on the ex Bayern Munich man.
Hummels however, hasn't exactly been tight lipped on the situation. As he revealed last week that he would certainly be considering his options, and even potentially ruled out a move back to his old club Bayern.
"Eventually, I’d like to leave the Bundesliga. 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."
Hummels has enjoyed a fruitful spell at Dortmund boasting 2 league titles, DFB Pokal honours and 2 Super Cup winners medals, alongside a runners-up medal in the Champions League. The player was quick to highlight his admiration for Dortmund.
"Everyone knows how much I love it at Dortmund, but I also want to make sure I’m part of a strong team with powerful players.”
Regardless of what happens to Dortmund's season the player looks set to move onto a new challenge. What is clear to see is that Mats Hummels will be just another big name to add to the growing list of talent that Dortmund keep losing to the 'bigger teams'.