Manchester United target Mats Hummels is at the best age to make the move to England this summer, according to German football legend Franz Beckenbauer.
The Manchester Evening News carries quotes from the World Cup winner who has urged his compatriot to consider quitting Borussia Dortmund, particularly after attracting admiring glances from Old Trafford.
“At 26, Hummels is at the best age to make the move to England,” he told Bild. “I can understand his thinking well.”
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is eager to strengthen his back-line with the addition of Hummels when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season, and will fancy his chances of securing the centre-back's signature following Beckenbauer's comments.
The Dortmund ace has won two Bundesliga titles and the DFB-Pokal since moving to the Westfalenstadion from Bayern Munich permanently in 2009, but has spent the majority of the 2014/15 campaign embroiled in a relegation battle with Jurgen Klopp's side.
And, after spending his entire playing career in Germany's top-flight the time is now right for Hummels to take on a new challenge in the Premier League, with Manchester United providing the perfect opportunity to do so.
Hummels featured in the 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich over the weekend with former Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski netting the decisive goal to extend the Bavarians lead at the top of the table to ten points.
It could turn out to be the defender's last ever appearance in Der Klassiker if he heeds Beckenbauer's advice and pushes for a move away from Signal Iduna Park in a few months time.
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