Manchester United offered this World Cup winner a huge salary, but the star decided to join these European giants on a lower wage in order to play Champions League football.
According to German newspaper Bild (subscription required), Manchester United were seriously interested in signing defender Mats Hummels from Bayern Munich before he re-joined Borussia Dortmund earlier this week.
It’s understood that the Red Devils offered the World Cup winner a staggering €12m yearly (£10.7m), this equates to just over £205,000-a-week.
The report states that Hummels rejected United’s offer and accepted a lower deal with Dortmund because of ‘sporting reasons’ – it’s understood that Hummels was keen to play in the Champions League next season.
According to The Guardian, Dortmund paid a fee in the region of €38m (£33.8m) – including add-ons, in order to seal the signing of their former star.
United are desperately in need of signing a new centre-back this summer, West Ham were the only team in the top-half that conceded more goals than United last season – the Hammers finished four places below the Manchester outfit.
The Red Devils are crying out for a commanding centre-back to lead their backline and their failed pursuit of Hummels only means that frustrated United fans will be waiting even longer before they see the worrying defensive issues fixed.
Hummels’ career path has been quite an interesting one, the star has now played for both Bayern and Dortmund on two occasions:
?? @MatsHummels' Career Path:
?? Signs first professional contract at @FCBayern.
? Signs for @BVB.
?? Rejoins for @FCBayern for the second time.
? Rejoins @BVB for the second time.
???? A two club man. pic.twitter.com/91Pf9eQyq6
— SPORF (@Sporf) June 20, 2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a massive rebuild on his hands at Old Trafford this summer, the Red Devils’ lack of success in the transfer market so far will only make the Norwegian’s task even more difficult.