Mats Hummels is close to agreeing a move to Manchester United and indicated to some of his Germany team-mates during the international break that a summer transfer will be finalised soon, reports The Mirror.
Quoting a source close to the German national team, The Mirror’s report states that the Borussia Dortmund captain is preparing to leave.
The 26-year-old’s future has been in the press this week following an article from FIFA.com ran attributed quotes from Hummels saying he would only join Man United if he left Dortmund this summer.
It turned out the attribution was simply paraphrased from a 2012 article and was never directly said by Hummels. Only a few hours later, Hummels denounced the reports personally.
The problem for Hummels is he fed the rumour mill himself when he admitted he would like to move to the Premier League at one point in his career.
“I think moving abroad will be good for my professional and personal well-being. Eventually, I’d like to leave the Bundesliga,” he said.
“I’m being open about this because I’m not a fan of those who claim they are staying but, behind the scenes, have actually secretly agreed a transfer away from their current club.
“Everyone knows how much I love it at Dortmund, but I also want to make sure I’m part of a strong team with powerful players.”
Reports linking Hummels to United are gathering pace as the season goes on and with only eight games left in the Premier League, it won’t be long until the transfer window is upon us.
Will Hummels complete his move to United? The Mirror certainly thinks so and with van Gaal in the market for a new centre-back, the Dortmund captain will continue to be linked until he either completes a move, signs a new deal for the window shuts.