The Red Devils attempted to bring the German defender to Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have been dealt another blow in the transfer window after Mats Hummels snubbed their lucrative approach and opted to re-join Borussia Dortmund instead.
The Red Devils are in the market for a new centre-back this summer, though manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will only have around £27million left to spend once the club have completed a deal for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Hummels would have just fit within that budget, with the World Cup winner on the verge of moving from Bayern Munich back to Dortmund in a deal that could reach £33m with bonuses and add-ons.
However, German newspaper Bild report that he came close to moving to Old Trafford, with United chief Ed Woodward actually offering Hummels a bigger contract than he will receive at Dortmund.
The Red Devils were very keen on doing a deal, with the 30-year-old fitting their need for a commanding, experienced centre-back despite a below-par campaign.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) June 21, 2019
But Hummels opted to return to Dortmund for ‘sporting reasons’, with the defender not willing to drop down to the Europa League even though United were offering significantly more money.
United are also expected to miss out on Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, who is closer to joining rivals City, with the hunt for a new centre-back stalling.
Pre-season starts in 10 days and Woodward has only made one signing (Picture: Getty)They were priced out of a move for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, though their transfer kitty could be boosted if players are sold; Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a £75m move to Inter Milan.
Solskjaer is more optimistic that a deal for Crystal Palace right-back Wan-Bissaka can be agreed in the coming days, with the England Under-21 starlet already agreeing an £80,000-a-week contract ahead of a £55m move.
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