Manchester United have made a move to bring Arsenal target Mats Hummels to Old Trafford in the January transfer window, as reported by the Daily Star.
There has been incredible speculation about Hummels’ future with Borussia Dortmund since the summer, and despite the World Cup winner denying any interest in leaving the German giants, there have been repeat links suggesting that Hummels is set to depart the Westfalenstadion in the near future.
Widely circulated reports from the continent have suggested that Man Utd and Arsenal are the two main clubs vying for his signature.
Dortmund, who signed Hummels from fierce rivals Bayern Munich in 2009, have repeatedly insisted that they have no interest in selling Hummels to anyone, for any price.
However, Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari is now claiming that Man Utd have made an official bid to sign him.
The Daily Star are suggesting that this would be worth around £35 million.
Manchester United are eyeing a sensational double swoop for German World Cup winners Mats Hummels and Benedikt Howedes in the January transfer window.
The Old Trafford club have struggled defensively this season, with their poor record at the back contributing to the fact that they have fallen behind leading duo Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League.
While Louis van Gaal has settled on Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling to for his defence, there is a belief that he is looking to improve his options in the winter transfer window, which opened for English clubs on Friday.
Now he has put the two Germany internationals at the top of his winter wishlist.
Both players are thought to be keen on a move away from their respective clubs in January, according to the Daily Express.
Hummels has seen Dortmund drop into the relegation zone heading into the winter break, a huge fall for a club used to challenging for the title.
Manchester United are likely to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels at the end of the season, with a £47 million move for the German international in the offing.
Hummels has repeatedly denied that he has any interest in a move away from Dortmund, but he is still expected to move on.
The German giants have been in a bad state this season, and enter the winter break in the relegation zone, a huge fall from their usual heights.
Dortmund have consistently challenged for the title in the German league since the appointment of Jurgen Klopp, regularly competing well in Europe too.
Man Utd have been performing well in the Premier League, winning seven of their last eight games, but have still looked shaky in defence.
As a result, they are likely to bring in defensive reinforcements, whether in January or the summer.
It now seems as though Louis van Gaal will finally capture his man in Mats Hummels, for the staggering £47 million fee, according to the Daily Express.