Rumours surrounding Mats Hummels’ potential move to Manchester United have gathered pace following the news that Rio Ferdinand has joined Nemanja Vidic in heading for the exit door at Old Trafford this summer.
There is no doubt that the German centre-back would be a top quality signing for United this summer and someone who could hold together the United back four, potentially under Louis van Gaal next season.
Despite the quality and talent of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans, United have lost a lot of experience from their defence and it’s important the club can inject some real quality and consistency into the heart of the back four this summer.
Hummels’ situation at Borussia Dortmund hasn’t changed.
The German club are belligerent in the face of any questions surrounding his future and comments from Jurgen Klopp and the player himself have added nothing to comments earlier this season, which suggested nothing close to an imminent departure.
However, United have an ace up their sleeve in the respect that they could offer Klopp a player he admires and wants on a big shiny silver plate.
Shinji Kagawa could form the basis of a part exchange deal, which would represent far greater value to BVB than any straight up cash deal United could put on the table.
Klopp has frequently commented on the way Kagawa is used at United, on one occasion suggesting it made him tearful to see the player out on the left hand side during the managerial reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Considering the number of central midfield options United have and the players van Gaal is reportedly targeting if he’s named as the new United manager, Kagawa’s squad position is unlikely to change.
While he offers great composure and protection of possession down the left of United’s team, he’s not the player who is going to provide that dynamic, cutting edge from the left flank.
Cash may well have to be slapped on top of any deal for Hummels involving Kagawa, but a transfer including the Japanese star will be far more appealing to Klopp than a deal without him.