Recent reports have claimed Manchester United have been told it will cost them £47million to sign Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund.
The German international is widely regarded as one of the best central defenders in the world and with Louis van Gaal’s side in desperate need of one of those, it is no surprise the 25-year-old has been so regularly linked.
The £47million price-tag was taken by some as a sign that United would not make a bid, either because it was deemed too expensive or because it should be regarded as such. But in truth Hummels’ alleged price-tag is not a shock at all. In fact it makes perfect sense.
Back in 2002 United agreed a British-record £30million move for Leeds United defender Rio Ferdinand.
The fact that 12 years on Hummels is allegedly rated at £17million more than United paid for Ferdinand is no surprise; in fact it is relatively cheap.
If Sir Alex Ferguson was willing to spend big to sign the then-23-year-old, surely van Gaal would be wise to do the same regarding Hummels.
It is a lot of money in the real world, but top flight football exists on a different plane, and considering the fee United paid Leeds over a decade ago, and the inflated amounts dished out since, paying just £17million more than it cost to bring Ferdinand to Old Trafford is surely a no-brainer.