Manchester United target Mats Hummels has decided to stay at Borussia Dortmund for next season, reports Goal.com.
As the report reveals, the 26-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford. It goes on to suggest he is set to stay put in Germany though, with Louis van Gaal set for disappointment. The imminent departure of manager Jurgen Klopp, as well as the unknown future of teammate Ilkay Gundogan, only made the rumours about the defender grow. However, this news could end the transfer saga before it even gets going.
BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said: “It made sense that Mats was thinking about his future but I always pointed out that we plan [for the future] with him.”
This will be great news for incoming Westfalenstadion boss Thomas Tuchel, who will want the strongest side he can possibly muster for his first season with the Bundesliga giants. Meanwhile, it could mean that the Red Devils move their attentions elsewhere, with their defensive line in need of bolstering if manager Louis van Gaal wants to better this campaign’s fourth placed finish.
With United having already signed Ajax ace Memphis Depay, they have made some movement on the transfer front – but this development could mean a longer wait for the second arrival at Old Trafford. Van Gaal will need several reinforcements if he wants to compete on all fronts next season, with the extra burden of the Champions League to deal with.