Despite Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc insisting this week that Mats Hummels wants to stay at the Westfalenstadion next season, Manchester United remain confident that they can wrap up a £30m deal for the centre-back.
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The Daily Star understands that Red Devils officials have not been deterred by the comments of Michael Zorc, and will table an offer of £30m to persuade the Bundesliga outfit to part company with their club captain in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United’s frailty in defence this term has caused Louis van Gaal to place a central defender at the top of his shopping list – and Hummels is the man the Dutchman wants at Old Trafford.
A disappointing mid-table Bundesliga season for Dortmund means that they will not compete in next season’s Champions League.
Louis van Gaal therefore hopes that, with United having sealed a place in the Premier League’s top four, the lure of European football will encourage the World Cup winner to head to the Theatre of Dreams.