Manchester United have been linked with many Borussia Dortmund players over the last few transfer windows. First it was İlkay Gündoğan, who despite being injured at the time was, according to the press, a dead cert to be wearing a United shirt next season. The came along the reports linking United with Marco Reus, before he made the statement that he would be playing for the German club again next season, sparking rumours of a new contract for the forward. More recently central defender Mats Hummels has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mail.
Many thought that Hummels would be Barcelona bound, but their transfer ban, which has been temporarily lifted pending appeal, put a stop to any speculation. The Catalan club now seem to be interested in Chelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz, with a view to a £30 million move, with Alex Song to be possibly included in the deal, which has been suggested by the Telegraph. We all knew that Barcelona would be concentrating on their defence this summer, and with the fact that Víctor Valdés has left the club as a free agent after 12 years, they need a new goalkeeper, reported to be Marc-André ted Stegen.
With Barcelona now looking to David Luiz, their attempts to lure Hummels to the Camp Nou could well be over. With both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand both leaving the club this season, United will need to bring some quality to the side if they are to return to the UEFA Champions League the season after next. The club will need to compete with Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, who will all strengthen this summer, but also the likes of Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, who will also strengthen in some way or another.
Hummels was a product of Bayern Munich’s academy, but was sold in 2009 to Dortmund after an initial loan period for a fee of just €4 million and he quickly established a first team role partnering Neven Subotić before injury sidelined him for a period of time. He is a double Bundesliga champion and also a winner of the DFB-Pokal and the DFB-Supercup and an established German international who is likely to be in the final squad which heads to Brazil for this summers FIFA World Cup, with them looking to lift the cup after 24 years.
I feel Hummels would be a great player for the incoming manager, Louis van Gaal, to be looking at to turn United into a dominant force once again. Hummels faces Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal, which is the final match of the season, and could be the last time he wears a Borussia Dortmund shirt. The rumours surrounding United and their reported targets are exciting, but with a view on the debacle last summer, we could be in for another summer of let down, but I hope to be proven wrong.
By Paul Bienkowski
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