Germany international centre-half Mats Hummels has become an important player for club and country, with the Old Trafford outfit reportedly an admirer.
The accomplished central defender has grown to become one of the most respected players in his position in Europe. He was a key member of the Dortmund side that made it to the Champions League final last term, while he is a virtual ever-present in a Germany side that looks ominous ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
It has been revealed that Hummels has a £29.5 million release clause written into his contract with the Signal Iduna Park outfit, and that Barcelona are believed to be ready to meet this to bring him to Camp Nou.
With this in mind, should United match the fee to try and tempt the defender to Old Trafford?
At first glance, United look to have plenty of central defenders to pick from and potentially need midfield additions more than added players at the back.
However, with Rio Ferdinand potentially in his final season at the club and Nemanja Vidic constantly linked with a move away from Manchester, David Moyes’ men are in transition.
The Scottish boss will have Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans at his disposal to replace the experienced duo, with all three possessing the ability to be stars. However, with Jones and Smalling often used in other positions, there is certainly an argument that a new dominant defender would add to the United squad.
Of their options, which are also thought to include the likes of Ezequiel Garay, Hummels has the experience and ability to be just as important to United as Vidic or Ferdinand has been. The Dortmund defender has the traditional German defender attributes of discipline, doggedness and strength, but also has proven himself to be able to dominate in the Champions League and on the national stage.
The fee is substantial, but it is a fair valuation for one of Europe’s top central defenders. United paid a cool £30 million for Rio Ferdinand back in 2002, and when looking for a replacement that can have the same impact as the outgoing man, a similar transfer fee might well have to be spent to ensure the capture of an able deputy.
Should United meet Hummels’ release clause? And is he worth the money?
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