Manchester United’s defense might need a bit of alteration as Rio Ferdinand is pretty much expected to retire at the end of the season. Although United have had a good depth of quality young centre backs with Evans, Smalling and Phil Jones rated highly to be the future for the Red Devils at the heart of the defense.
But considering that The Big Serbian Nemanja Vidic is ageing and his injury crisis since last couple of season, United are looking for a world class replacement.
Hummels is said to have a release clause in his contract that would see him available for £29.5m and whilst the player is thought to favour a move to the Nou Camp, his father has previously said that United as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona are options for his son.
Having said that, Manchester United have an edge in this signing as Jurgen Klopp is a long term admirer of Shinji Kagawa who is yet to find his touch at the club. Klopp made a bid for Shinji in the previous transfer window which was immediately rejected by United, and if United are serious to land Hummels they can use Shinji Kagawa in the deal which would give them a strong edge over the Catalans.
Barcelona also failed to land Thiago Silva from PSG and they will give their all to land Hummels and if United use Kagawa in the exchange plus money deal they have a huge advantage to sign Hummels who is one of the best centre backs in the world without a shadow of a doubt.