Reports from The Mirror today suggested that Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels.
If United can land the World Cup winning star in this transfer window, then he will prove a major coup for new boss Louis van Gaal. The Dutch coach has clearly identified improving upon his defence, as experienced duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left the club at the end of the David Moyes era.
Frenchman Patrice Evra has also departed Old Trafford, whilst his fellow left-back Alex Butter left the Theatre of Dreams behind in favour of a move to Dynamo Moscow. United have already purchased teenager Luke Shaw from Southampton, but an experienced defender now appears to be exactly what the club needs as they enter another new era.
And Mats Hummels represents the world-class defensive addition that is desperately needed at the club. The Dortmund superstar played a key role in Germany's World Cup winning campaign, as his national side managed to keep four clean-sheets throughout the competition, including one in the final against Lionel Messi and Co.
Hummels has also played an integral role in Dortmund's success over the last few years, but now could be time for him to make a move to the Premier League. He's in need of a fresh challenge, but Van Gaal needs him much more than he needs Manchester United, and the new Red Devils boss should do everything in his power to land him in this current transfer window.
With the likes of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling currently set to battle it out for the two positions at the heart of United's defence, Red Devils fans will be understandably worried. The trio have failed to prove themselves on a consistent basis over the last few years, and have all struggled with injuries. Hummels, then, could be just the man to lead the club forward under the new regime.
Make him captain
And if Van Gaal really wants to convince Hummels to join United, then he should make the 25-year-old the club's next captain. The potentially controversial call would certainly upset a few - including striker Robin van Persie, who has been tipped to replace Vidic - but it's a decision that Van Gaal should do for the good of the club.
Under Moyes last term, as United endured a nightmare season, the current crop of Manchester United stars failed. The reality of the situation is that the players were unable to step up and prove their worth to the fans.
The new United boss must stamp his own mark on the club immediately and, at a club like United, he's never going to be handed easy decisions. But, Van Gaal's up to the job...it's not everyday a manager replaces his goalkeeper in the last second of extra-time in a World Cup quarter-final. The Dutchman has the character and mental strength to make a huge decision like this one.
Van Gaal has been assigned to shake-up the squad at Manchester United, and making Hummels captain would shock the struggling bunch. The German star may not even be Dortmund's captain, but that's not to say that he doesn't have the leadership qualities to succeed at the The Theatre of Dreams. Hummels should be signed to replace Vidic in more ways than one this summer.
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