Dortmund boss laughs off Hummels United talk

Last Updated: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:12

Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has described reports Manchester United are closing on a deal for Mats Hummels as "garbage".

New United boss Louis van Gaal has targeted the Germany star as one of his big summer signings at Old Trafford, with talk an offer of around £16million might be enough to land the centre-back.

However, Klopp insists the World Cup winner will not be leaving Dortmund and will stay along with Marco Reus, who has also been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks.

"Both will stay here this season. There is no tendency they'd want to be elsewhere," Klopp told Die Welt. "Did they also say 20 million euros? When papers mention such numbers you know it's garbage."

Van Gaal needs at least one new central defender this summer to replace Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, who have both left Old Trafford for Inter and QPR respectively.

United are continuing to work hard behind the scenes on new arrivals following the confirmed exit of left-back Patrice Evra to Juventus on Monday and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has left the club's four-match US tour after just three days.

United, who have promised further big-money arrivals this summer, insist Woodward has returned to the UK for "general business reasons", and not for any specific transfer dealings but several players continue to be heavily linked with moves.

Ajax's Netherlands World Cup star Daley Blind is said to be the subject of interest with an offer in the region of £16million set to be tabled, while Juventus' £40m-rated midfielder Arturo Vidal has been a long-term target.

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