Manchester United are preparing to launch a £25million bid for Mats Hummels as they look to take advantage of Jurgen Klopp's departure from Borussia Dortmund, reports The Times.
Louis van Gaal is looking to hit the summer transfer market hard and is hoping to sign Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne, PSV Eindhoven's Memphis Depay and Hummels soon after the window opens.
All three have been widely linked with a move to Old Trafford already, but this new report in the mouthpiece of Rupert Murdoch claims to have new information about the confidence Manchester United feel towards these transfers.
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They are optimistic that Depay will join them ahead of other interested parties like Liverpool and also believe they are in pole position ahead of Chelsea to sign Clyne. Similarly with Hummels, they believe Klopp's departure gives them the boost they need to convince the centre-back to leave.
However, £25million won't be enough to convince Borussia Dortmund to sell their captain, even though they will likely have little choice but to sell their best players. They will miss out on Champions League qualification and will need to sell prominent members of the squad to make up the finally deficit.
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Regardless, Dortmund are likely to demand £32m for Hummels. Manchester United should not have too much trouble meeting the demands. Van Gaal has a massive £150m budget for the summer and expects his three main targets to cost him a combined total of £70m.
The Dutchman is looking for four new players and the savvy readers out there would have noticed that there are only three, yes, three players mentioned above.
That leaves a tasty pile of cash for a marquee signing. The remaining £80m could be used to sign someone like Juventus star Paul Pogba or Real Madrid's sometimes-great, sometimes-booed record signing Gareth Bale.
If that transfer budget includes new wages, however, it could mean a move for the Welshman is off the cards. Real Madrid will probably demand a huge fee to sell and Bale would want his current £300,000-a-week wages matched by Manchester Untied.
Sorry, youth products
This is probably the worst time to be coming through the system at Manchester United. Louis van Gaal seems to have no plans to blood the best youngsters from their once famous academy and is happy to rip the squad apart in order to make room for big players.
While Manchester United fans love seeing great players arrive at Old Trafford, there is a sense that the squad is being ripped from its roots. Sir Alex Ferguson will be concerned.
Are Manchester United fans happy with the excess transfer business or would you rather see the new Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs being given a chance to shine?
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