Manchester United are could have no competition for Mats Hummels’s signature.
The Red Devils was in competition with Barcelona to sign the 25-year-old German international, but the Catalan giants could be pulling out of the race, according to the Mirror.
Barcelona are now moving on to Valencia’s Jeremy Mathieu, and if the rumor is true, Man United have no more competition to sign the Borussia Dortmund center back.
Earlier, new Man United boss Louis van Gaal made a £20 million “take-it-or-leave-it” bid for Hummels, but the German was apparently not keen on a move to the English Premier League this coming season.
Man United are badly in need of a center back replacement after veteran defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left the club towards the end of last season, and Hummels has been on their target list for over a year now.
The possibility of Hummels moving to Man United appeared even after another Barcelona target, Jan Vertonghen, declared that he was happy to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.
“I’ve got more years left at Tottenham and I’m happy,” said Vertonghen, who signed a six-year-contract from Ajax in 2012.
“I want to stay so it doesn’t matter who the manager will be.
“The chairman will make a good decision,” added Vertonghen.
Sky Bet has given odds of 1/2 for Hummels to join Manchester United, and 8/1 to join Barcelona.