Manchester United are ready to after Mats Hummels and the Daily Mail has suggested Liverpool could help them pull off a deal.
The £20 million rated centre-back has been on the radar of the Premier League club throughout the summer, with Louis van Gaal seemingly keen to add a top quality defender to his squad ahead of the new season.
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has so far been very dismissive of the idea Hummels could head to United, but BVB may be more open to doing a deal if they have a replacement in place in the form of 21-year-old Tiago Ilori.
“Manchester United are hoping a deal for Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels can be revived with Dortmund now looking at Liverpool's Portuguese centre-back Tiago Ilori,” writes David Kent.
“Dortmund have asked to take the 21-year-old Ilori on loan as a possible replacement should a fee be agreed with United on the Germany international Hummels.”
Ilori was not drafted into the first team at Anfield by Brendan Rodgers following his move from Sporting Lisbon, sent out on loan last season with the possibility of another loan deal very realistic.
The arrival of Dejan Lovren at the Reds has pushed Ilori even further down the pecking order at Liverpool and Klopp could seize the chance to sign a talented player with a point to prove.
However, whether Klopp seriously feels that Ilori is a replacement for Hummels, one of the best centre-backs in the world, is extremely doubtful.
We’ve just entered the final month of the transfer window and any deal for Hummels will be pinned on a replacement, with a loan easier for BVB to sort out at short notice should they agree a fee with United over Hummels.
United’s chances of getting Hummels are difficult to gauge. There’s a lot working against them but financially they could pull off a deal, but the lure of the captaincy at BVB for Hummels following Seb Kehl’s resignation may be too difficult for him to turn his back on.