Louis Van Gaal’s attempts to bolster United’s defence next season have already begun with an opening bid for German international Mats Hummels according to reports.
The Mail notes: “Manchester United have put forward an opening £21.5million offer for Dortmund captain Mats Hummels, according to German newspaper Bild.
“The Germans value their captain at £35million but in United’s favour he has had a relatively poor season occasionally clashing with supporters when results went against them earlier this season.
“Dortmund are keen to bring in Sami Khedira from Real Madrid as their new captain amid a summer of big changes following Jurgen Klopp’s announcement that he will leave the club at the end of the season.”
It will come as no surprise to United fans that the club are pursuing Hummels who’s one of the few commanding central defenders available. £35 million for a player of the Dortmund-man’s class is a fair price and if the Reds truly want to challenge for the title next season as well as make a decent stab in Europe, the £14 million difference could be worth far more than that to the club in the long run.
Fans of football betting may be tempted to put money on United to win the league next season if they were to bag the German defender.
United’s bid may lead other clubs to act, so don’t be shocked if the Reds end up in a bidding war with other sides who covet one of Europe’s finest defenders.