Nou Camp side keen on Old Trafford target.
Barcelona are weighing up a summer move for Manchester United target Mats Hummels.
Hummels, 23, has emerged as one of the star players at Euro 2012, with his assured and accomplished displays at the heart of Germany’s defence inviting comparisons with Die Nationalmannschaft legend Franz Beckenbauer.
Barcelona have identified the acquisition of a centre-back as their key priority this summer, but the Nou Camp club are reconsidering their options after being priced out of moves for Milan’s Thiago Silva and Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez.
And according to reports in the Catalan press, Barcelona will now turn their attention to Hummels, who has won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund.
Mats Hummels has been a hugely consistent performer at club level for Borussia Dortmund for the past couple of seasons and now that form has begun to display itself in national team action and now Barcelona’s new boss Tito Vilanova sees the 23 year old as a target who can help resolve the Catalan club’s defensive frailties.
For all Barcelona’s magnificence the La Liga giants do not possess a great many central defensive options. Indeed injuries concerns over Carles Puyol, and to a lesser extent, Gerard Pique have at times led to players like Eric Abidal and Javier Mascherano filling in as makeshift replacements.
Now Vilanova is looking to correct the problem.
Jurgen Klopp saw Nuri Sahin lured away from Dortmund a year ago and saw Shinji Kagawa leave for Man United so despite back to back Bundesliga titles he knows all to well that his players are prone to being picked off by more established members of Europe’s ‘elite’.
Man United have been linked with Hummels, and his club defensive partner Neven Subotic, for some time now but it would appear that Sir Alex Ferguson’s need is less great than Barcelona’s.
The Old Trafford side have the likes of experienced campaigners Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic as well as the ever improving Jonny Evans and youngsters Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. One more centre back may appear greedy.