Mats Hummels has told Manchester United that he will not be moving to Old Trafford this summer, according to Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.
United boss Louis van Gaal had made Hummels his No.1 defensive target ahead of the off-season transfer window, and the centre-back had himself already claimed earlier this year that the would be interested in a move.
But he now appears to have spurned the chance to move to England and will instead stay at Signal Iduna Park, according to an interview with the Dortmund chief which will be published in Thursday’s edition of German magazine Kicker.
“It made sense that Mats was thinking about his future but I always pointed out that we plan [for the future] with him,” he said, with further quotes expected tomorrow.
United had made an attempt to sign Hummels last summer but were unable to prise him away from the German club.
Kicker also claims that United are interested in signing Bastian Schweinsteiger, the Bayern Munich midfielder who worked with Van Gaal during his time at the Allianz Arena.
The Dutch manager is expected to preside over another busy transfer window, with United already having signed Memphis Depay from PSV and linked with a number of players across Europe, including Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Juventus’ Paul Pogba.