Old Trafford side must fight Nou Camp side for German international.
Man United’s search for defensive reinforcements will bring them head to head with Barcelona in pursuit of Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels according to the Daily Express.
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The German defender has been attracting interest from the Premier League table-toppers as they look to make summer plans to rectify their shaky back-line.
Sir Alex Ferguson has seen his side concede far too many goals this term, 31 goals in 26 Premier League fixtures, and a move for 24 year old Hummels would be a sound, if expensive, one to consider.
Interest in Hummels is apparently aligned with the possibility that Rio Ferdinand will be leaving Man United in the summer.
The former Bayern Munich man is into his sixth season at the Westfalenstadion side and having won the Bundesliga in both of the last two campaigns the very real possibility that his former Bavarian employers are likely to steal that crown may act as a catalyst for a possible exit from Jurgen Klopp’s side this summer.
Tito Vilanova may have a host of attacking talents in his Barcelona squad but is decidedly light at the back and has to depend heavily on veteran Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique with not that much in the way of adequate alternatives.