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Report: Manchester United set to sign Mats Hummels in $28 million deal

Jul 21, 2014, 7:25 AM EDT

Manchester City's Balotelli tackles Borussia Dortmund's Hummels during their Champions League soccer match in Dortmund Reuters

One of the areas Manchester United needs to strengthen most could be bolstered.

It’s about time.

According to reports from Spanish newspaper Sport, German World Cup winner Mats Hummels is on his way to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund. The 25-year-old is supposedly heading to Old Trafford in a $28 million deal.

The towering German defender is a man in demand, as United are said to have beaten Barcelona in securing Hummels’ signature with Louis van Gaal aiming to strengthen his central defensive options. With Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera signing on this summer so far, more new players are needed with less than a month to go before the new season. Especially in defense.

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Hummels scored twice at the World Cup, including the lone goal in Germany’s 1-0 quarterfinal win over France. He is great in the air, tremendously strong in the tackle and leads by example in central defense. Hummels is far from quick, we saw that in the World Cup final on occasions, but he has a decent turn of pace and his positional prowess more than makes up for that.

Is he what United need? Absolutely. Van Gaal should break the bank to make this one happen.

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With both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand leaving Old Trafford this summer the Red Devils have just three recognized center backs on the books: Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans. Smalling and Jones are both young and have had up and down starts to their United careers, while Evans is steady enough but far from spectacular. Hummels would be a marvelous signing as his experience in the UEFA Champions League with BVB and now winning the World Cup proves his pedigree on the biggest stages in world soccer.

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If van Gaal pulls this signing off, Hummels would be a key cog in United’s rise back to the top. If they are serious about strengthening this summer and challenging for a title, this deal needs to happen.

  1. lordfletcher - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    couldn’t be happier, huge signing for ManU!

    curious to see if they still go after De Vrij and am excited to see the fire sale that is to start this week

    #reddevils

    • reddevildoop - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      I don’t think he’s a good fit for us. He was pretty slow at the World Cup and was exposed a few times. In the final, Argentina were just running by him.

      • twerkslikeMiley - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        You didn’t watch the entire world cup then.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      I don’t know how he isn’t a great fit as one of the better CB’s at only 25’ish. He isn’t fast but has plenty of skills to mask his lack of speed. Would be an amazing addition to almost any team. The only team I can think of that simply wouldn’t be interested would be Real as they have plenty of talent and youth at the position…. other than that, Mats would look good in any kit.

  2. twerkslikeMiley - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    I guess it makes sense if Dortmund can work out a deal for Ginter and they still have Subotic. But still, this would be devastating. Love Hummels.

  3. Comrade23 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    This is not going to happen. Everybody calm down.

    • twerkslikeMiley - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      If Dortmund is able to pry Ginter away, they already have Subotic. Wouldn’t be surprised to see this deal happen. I don’t like it but isn’t far fetched.

  4. tbutler704 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    I don’t believe this for one second.

  5. raidersownyou - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    This deal is not happening, so don’t worry.

  6. twerkslikeMiley - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Well, Klopp just confirmed Dortmund is keeping both Reus and Hummels for this year.

  7. hotheadcc - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    he is a good defender plz make this one happen van gaol

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