Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is supposedly disappointed at not being able to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels.
Van Gaal had reportedly made a £20 million “take-it-or-leave-it” bid for the German interntational during the World Cup 2014 period.
However, Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp later declared that Hummels will not be leaving the German club this summer.
“Marco [Reus] and Mats [Hummels] will play for us the next season,” said Klopp.
Klopp added: “What are we talking about today? Mats to Manchester United? For how much? €20 million ($26.9 million)?
“With those kind of sums can you forget that straight away.”
The Mirror also reports that a close Dortmund source said: “We’ve spoken with the player and it is true that some clubs are interested, but we have rejected the chance to negotiate.
“Mats is happy in Dortmund and will be with us next term.”
Van Gaal has now been linked with a move for Feyenoord and Dutch international Stefan de Vrij.
Man United are badly in need of a replacement center back after veteran defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left the club last season.
Sky Bet gave odds of 1/2 for Hummels to join Manchester United, and 8/1 to join Barcelona, but since the announcement, the Red Devils are now 1/6 to sign Hummels, and Barcelona are 6/1.
As of writing time, Barcelona are favorites to tempt Hummels, with odds of 8/11. Man United have slipped to 5/4.