Bundesliga giants deny agreement for defender to leave.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has moved to rubbish rumours that key defender Mats Hummels has already agreed a deal to join Barcelona next season, according to Inside Futbol.
The German international centre-back is a highly rated talent and has been linked with several top clubs for some time, and reports had emerged this week that the two clubs had come to an agreement for him to move to the Nou Camp in the summer.
Speculation had already risen that Jurgen Klopp’s side were looking to replace Hummels with FC Basel youngster Fabian Schar, though Watzke has now dismissed these stories as “nonsense”.
“This is nonsense,” he said. “This is a non-story. There’s nothing to it.”
Barcelona are known to be looking for a new long-term option in central defence as club captain Carles Puyol approaches the end of his career, and have been linked with a whole host of big names in that position.
Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala has been mentioned as a target, as has Liverpool’s Daniel Agger, though Hummels is known to be high on their list of priorities as well.
The 24-year-old has a contract with Dortmund until 2017 and it is likely that it would take a big-money offer to tempt the Bundesliga giants to sell such an important player.