The confirmed capture of Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal by Manchester United has sent the transfer rumour mill into overdrive.
Long before the Dutchman was announced as the Red Devils’ next manager, reports claimed a summer of heavy spending was imminent to return the club to contention for top honours.
And as David Moyes was sacked last month and Ryan Giggs called time on his playing career this week to serve as van Gaal’s assistant, targets seem to now be firming up.
Dortmund stopper Mats Hummels has long been linked with a United switch, but is said to be a particular ‘favourite’ of van Gaal’s - becoming a priority signing this summer.
However, it seems that the Dutch tactician’s interest in the centre-back hasn’t yet gone past admiration from a distance.
Hummels’ father - acting as his agent - said on Tuesday that van Gaal hasn’t enquired about the Germany international.
Herman Hummels told talkSPORT: “I know Louis van Gaal from his time at Bayern Munich. He’s not contacted me about Mats moving to Manchester [United] though. I have heard some rumours but Mats is happy at Dortmund at the moment, and only thinking about the World Cup.”
Not necessarily welcome words for those in the United camp hoping to see the 25-year-old leading the back line next season.
Still, it’s entirely possible that van Gaal - only named United boss on Monday and not due at the club until after the World Cup - simply hasn’t yet made his move.
Only time will tell if the ex-Bayern boss is genuinely planning to snatch Hummels away from Dortmund - and beyond that, if the German can be convinced to swap the Westfalenstadion for Old Trafford.