Transfer news: Man United made to wait for world-class defender ahead of £21.5 million move

Manchester United have postponed talks with Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels after his club took him off the transfer target.

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United’s backline has been a key area of consternation for Louis van Gaal this season, and the Dutch coach has earmarked the Germany centre-back as the ideal solution.

The club had already made a £21.5 million offer for the player, but any talk of a transfer has been postponed due to Dortmund’s managerial transition, according to the Daily Mirror.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed that he will no longer be BVB’s manager beyond this season, and Dortmund’s management have confirmed that former Mainz and Augsburg boss Thomas Tuchel will replace him.

The board are keen to let the new man decide who stays and who goes, and have thus opted to take Hummels off the transfer list—postponing any further talks for the moment.

Van Gaal is known to be a fan of the stopper—who he worked with at Bayern Munich—and believes that Hummels can guide United for future glories.

The international has two years left on his current deal.

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