Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has submitted an official transfer request and asked to join their bitter Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich in the summer.
Dortmund confirmed via their official website that the 27-year-old wants to leave and rejoin Bayern, eight years after first leaving Munich for the Westfalenstadion.
Hummels has made over 305 appearances for Dortmund, winning two Bundesliga titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12, but has chosen to move on with one year left on his contract.
The Guardian reports that a transfer fee for the German World Cup winner is now expected to be finalised, although Dortmund say that Bayern are yet to make a bid.
“Defender Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund has communicated his desire to leave the club in the summer and wants to join the league rivals Bayern Munich next season,” read Dortmund’s statement.
“Borussia Dortmund’s Board has subsequently decided to make such a change depending on whether Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund can agree a satisfactory fee. So far, Bayern Munich has not made an offer.
“As a precaution, it is pointed out that with Mats Hummels – as at present with all other players from Borussia Dortmund – no exit clause has been agreed and the player is logically tied to Borussia Dortmund until June 30, 2017.”
Manchester United and Liverpool may be frustrated to have missed their chance to sign Hummels, who had been linked with a move to either Premier League club by The Mirror.
And it is an equally huge blow to Dortmund, who were once again threatening to challenge Bayern for major honours, but now face losing their captain and one of their star players.
Bayern have made a habit of pinching Dortmund’s biggest names in recent years, with Hummels poised to follow in the footsteps of attackers Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski.
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