Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has denied that the club have received a bid from Manchester United for defender Mats Hummels.
Speculation has been rife in recent weeks over the German international's future, with Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal said to be keen on securing a deal when the summer window opens.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Manchester United had offered in the region of £21.5 million for his services - something Zorc has now refuted.
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When quizzed about the offer, he replied: "I can't confirm that". Hummels added of the speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford: "I don't want to comment on it all the time. I've done that a few weeks ago, and that has to be enough."
Club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke reiterated when asked about his future: "The decision were Hummels will play in the new season will be made by Borussia Dortmund."
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Hummels' future appears more in doubt than ever after Jurgen Klopp announced his decision to step down from his role at Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season. The German boss could well follow his captain to England, with both Liverpool and Manchester City touted as potential destinations.
The 26-year-old has admitted recently that he is assessing his options ahead of the summer window, and conceded a move could be on the cards. Dortmund have struggled badly this term and have only recently pulled away from the relegation zone, while they were dumped out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage.
He said he was 'reflecting' on his options and added: That doesn't mean that I am leaving, it just means I'm reflecting. There's no particular tendency one way or the other. It's just thoughts going through my mind. It will all become clearer in the coming weeks."
Ilkay Gundogan is another Dortmund player who has been linked with an exit, and Manchester United are said to be monitoring hm too. The midfielder has suffered badly with injuries over the last two years.
He is out of contract in 2016 and has so far refused to put pen to paper on a new contract, which could mean he's sold in the summer.
The Mats Hummels saga is likely to rumble on for some time yet. Manchester United will want to get him for a fair price, while Dortmund are likely to hold out for more than £30 million.
That would probably be a little too much for a defender who still has a few question marks over his head - he's not the quickest, for example - but the Red Devils need a defender and he fits the bill.
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