Some breaking news has emerged in the Football Transfer Tavern this evening.
Mail Online report that Borussia Dortmund have given Barcelona permission to hold talks with defender Mats Hummels after paying his £29.5 million release clause.
Barcelona have lined up the Dortmund man as a successor to Carles Puyol at centre back for the La Liga champions as the exceptional Spanish international reaches the twilight of his playing career with a retirement possible in June.
The reports comes as a possible transfer blow for Manchester United boss David Moyes who has been rumoured to have held interest in the 24-year-old German international as he looks for a possible replacement for Rio Ferdinand during the summer.
BVB boss Jurgen Klopp has apparently already identified FC Basel’s Fabian Schar as a replacement for Hummels, who has been a rock solid performer for Borussia Dortmund alongside Serbian international Neven Subotic in recent times.
Hummels left Bayern Munich for Borussia Dortmund back in January 2008, initially on loan, and has helped Klopp’s side to two domestic titles and played a big part in helping the Westfalenstadion side to the Champions League final last term.
Barcelona look decidedly short in defence with the likes of Javier Mascherano and Alex Song often used as stop gaps when injuries hit and the recruitment of the classy German, who has made 197 appearances for Dortmund, would certainly solve a lot of the defensive weaknesses in Gerardo Martino’s current Camp Nou ranks.
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