Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal remains confident of securing the signature of Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels this summer, despite recent comments from Michael Zorc which suggest the player has decided to stay at the Westfalenstadion.
The Bundesliga outfit's sporting director issued a surprise statement on Wednesday evening, intimating the Germany international would not be following manager Jurgen Klopp out of the exit door at Signal Iduna Park.
However, contrary to reports the Red Devils still think a deal for the 26-year-old is definitely on the cards, so don't rule out the possibility of seeing Hummels at Old Trafford next season just yet.
According to the Daily Mail, senior chiefs at the Theatre of Dreams are not overly worried about the most recent rumours, and so the centre-back will remain high on the club's list of transfer window priorities.
Defensive reinforcements were always going to be at the forefront of Van Gaal's thinking over the summer with some of the performances from his back four leaving a lot to be desired at times.
Hummels is a very accomplished central defender that will bring a wealth of big-game experience to Manchester United, and after winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil last summer he's exactly the kind of player that the club is looking to bring in.
He possesses a strong winning mentality and, despite an under-par 2014/15 campaign with Dortmund, is sure to be a strong acquisition for Van Gaal moving forward.
It's not yet clear exactly how much money Manchester United will have to pay for Hummels' services, but whatever the figure it will probably be a sound investment in the years ahead.
If the Red Devils are going to bridge the current gap between themselves and newly crowned Premier League champions Chelsea, as well as striving for success in the Champions League once again, then Van Gaal will need more players of this quality to stand a real chance of competing.
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