Last Updated: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:43
Manchester City's hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels have been hit by the news Barcelona are winning the race.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini is looking to bolster his defensive options at the Etihad Stadium in the summer transfer window with Joleon Lescott poised to leave and both skipper Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic struggling with injury problems throughout the course of this season.
It looked like the club would have a free run to try and entice Dortmund's 25-year-old German international to the Etihad Stadium as Barca were banned from international transfers by FIFA.
However that was overturned on Wednesday until an appeal hearing is heard and it appears that the Catalan giants have wasted no time in trying to agree a deal for Hummels as they try and replace outgoing veteran central defender Carles Puyol at the Camp Nou.
Spanish new agency AS is reporting that the club's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has already lodged a £25million offer to Dortmund and the player would relish the chance of moving to the Spanish Primera Division.
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