Mats Hummels has finally confirmed that he nearly signed for Manchester United back in 2014.
The Bayern Munich defender used to be a highly sought-after transfer target for former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, as the Dutch manager was keen to land defensive reinforcements.
But due to some stumbled talks at the final stage, a deal with the then Borussia Dortmund centre-back never materialised, and instead of the German, defenders Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind were brought in as part of a £149m summer spending spree.
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The German sensation ended all speculations over his future when he joined Bayern Munich in the summer, playing in all but one of his team’s fixtures this season.
But Hummels has now admitted that he was really close to making a switch to Old Trafford, and now believes his options of playing in a highly physical Premier League are very slim.
The 27-year-old also revealed that he might have left Dortmund were it not for Jurgen Klopp’s influence.
“Yes,” he told the Daily Mail when asked how close a deal was.
“Yes, yes, yes. It was close (10 second pause). Very close. There were talks, several times in the last few years. They were the offers. I had England or one of the three big Spanish clubs.
“The Spanish interest was loose, loose offers. I don’t like it that way. Nothing got close like the one from England. Van Gaal wanted me but he wasn’t the only one.
“It is getting difficult for me now to play in England. I’m 28 next month and I’ve signed here for five years.”