Speculation has been rife in recent days regarding the future of Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels.
However, Hummels’ future has at last been confirmed by Dortmund themselves, the German outfit revealing the defender wants a move to rivals Bayern this summer.
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Pep Guardiola’s side are yet to make an official offer - and it will take a big one - yet steps have now been taken to ensure Hummels will ply his trade at the Allianz Arena next season.
Dortmund have released an official statement on the matter, detailing the defender’s current situation.
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It says, per Sky Sports: "The player Mats Hummels informed Borussia Dortmund that he wishes to leave the club in order to join FC Bayern Munich with effect from the 2016/2017 season.
"Against this background the management of Borussia Dortmund has decided that the realisation of such a transfer shall depend on the condition that Bayern Munich provides Borussia Dortmund with an extremely valuable offer which reflects the high importance of the player in soccer and other terms for Borussia Dortmund.
"At present no offer at all has been made by Bayern Munich yet.
"By a way of precaution, Borussia Dortmund likes to emphasise that one has not agreed an "exit clause" with the player, also not with any other player of Borussia Dortmund at present.
“The player is therefore bound by his employment contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 30, 2017 at latest.”
This latest damaging revelation suggests Dortmund have a difficult summer ahead amidst interest in a number of their star players.
It appears Hummels will be the first to leave the Westfalenstadion, following in the footsteps of former teammates Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze.
Elsewhere, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future is in doubt with Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid all reportedly interested.
The Red Devils are the current front runners for his signature after lodging official interest in signing the Gabonese striker.
The Daily Mirror reports that Dortmund want £70 million for their striker, who has 34 goals to his name this campaign, yet that will unlikely put off his suitors from pursuing him.
And as if that wasn’t enough, midfield ace Ilkay Gundogan is reportedly on the verge of finalising a deal to join Manchester City.
Reports earlier this month suggested a five-year deal had been offered, and it now seems a case of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.
A difficult summer ahead indeed.