Last Updated: Tue, 13 May 2014 09:07
Manchester United will step up their attempts to sign Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund following Rio Ferdinand's departure.
Ferdinand confirmed on Monday night that he would be leaving Old Trafford when his contract expires this summer after 12 years of services at the club.
Incoming manager Louis van Gaal is reported to have approved the decision not to offer the 35-year-old a new deal as he begins to make changes to the United squad.
The Dutchman is eager to replace Ferdinand as soon as possible and has reportedly told the United board to go for Dortmund centre-half Hummels.
The 25-year-old is widely expected to leave the Westfalenstadion this summer and has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona in the past.
The Spanish giants are now thought to have switched their attention to Chelsea's David Luiz, leaving the way clear for United to pursue Hummels.
Van Gaal is keen to make a host of big signings this summer and is eager to get started on rebuilding the United squad.
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