Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
If any further evidence was needed that Mats Hummels will remain at Borussia Dortmund this season, Jurgen Klopp has just provided it.
Recently named skipper of the German giants, Hummels still saw his name linked to Arsenal and Manchester United.
However, the Guardian's Andy Hunter quotes Klopp saying: "He is going nowhere. He is staying with us."
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10
Bundesliga indicate Borussia Dortmund have named Mats Hummels captain:
Updates from Friday, Aug. 8
Manchester United's pursuit of Mats Hummels is officially off, according to Jack Wilson of the Daily Star.
Hummels has been linked to United all summer, but Wilson reports that a disagreement with Dortmund over the fee eventually killed any hope of a deal:
Louis van Gaal is a huge fan of the 25-year-old Germany star, who helped his country win the World Cup in Brazil.
The new United boss plans to play a 3-5-2 formation at Old Trafford and wanted Hummels to play a key role in that.
But the move is now off.
United and Dortmund were at odds over the valuation of the player and the Red Devils have instead decided to pursue Arsenal's wantaway Belgian Thomas Vermaelen.
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6
Manchester United's hopes of landing Mats Hummels have suffered an indirect blow after Liverpool's Tiago Ilori ruled out a switch to Borussia Dortmund.
It had been reported that Ilori's move to Germany might facilitate Hummels' exit, but the young defender told Duncan Castles of One World Sports:
I want to stay in Liverpool and play. If I get a chance, I want to prove I deserve to play more. I do not think about a loan. I do not know what will happen. If I have no opportunity to play here, I'll have to assess it. But the primary goal is to stay here.
Updates from Friday, July 25
Manchester United are ready to give up their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, according to ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney.
Manchester United have started to look at central defensive options beyond Mats Hummels as they are not confident of landing the Borussia Dortmund man, according to ESPN FC sources at Old Trafford.
While United have not yet completely ruled out the signing, manager Louis van Gaal has already been investigating alternative targets, and is unwilling to allow any hesitation in the market to scupper his plans for the season.
Updates from Wednesday, July 23
Jurgen Klopp has offered a further denial of stories linking Mats Hummels to Manchester United.
Talking to Sky Sports Germany, Klopp made a rather bizarre promise regarding claims of a £16 million switch for Hummels to Old Trafford.
Football writer Raphael Honigstein provides the translation (language NSFW):
Klopp about Hummels to Man Utd: "If that's not a bullshit story, I'll eat a broom stick" (via @SkySportNewsHD)— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) July 22, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 22
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has seemingly poured cold water on fierce rumours that Manchester United are on the verge of signing Mats Hummels.
Responding to reports regarding both Hummels and Marco Reus, Klopp was quoted saying by the Daily Mirror's David McDonnell:
Both will stay here this season. There is no tendency they'd want to be elsewhere.
Did they also say €20m? When papers mention such numbers you know it's garbage.
The transfer saga linking Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels with Manchester United continues, with several conflicting reports surfacing on Monday.
Spanish news outlets are reporting an agreement between the two clubs is close, the centre-back making the switch for a transfer fee of £16million, per the Daily Mail's Sean Gallagher.
German sources disagree, however. Jan Aage Fjortoft claims there's not a single report saying Dortmund plan on selling their star defender:
Re: Hummels No reports in Germany saying Dortmund will sell. Personally I think there is NO chance Dortmund even will consider it— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) July 21, 2014
Bild called it nothing but "wild rumours," as shared by FourFourTwo's Alex Chaffer (original source in German):
BILD laugh off claims from (Spanish) Sport that Hummels will sign for Man Utd. "How's that for a wild rumour?" http://t.co/OcKtZBZ5Wh— Alex Chaffer (@AlexChaffer) July 21, 2014
A transfer fee of £16 million for arguably the best defender at the 2014 World Cup would indeed seem curious, especially when you consider Dortmund haven't openly shopped the player and would likely hold out for a payday.
That doesn't mean a transfer is out of the question; it's just unlikely any move would go through for a price tag under £30 million. Hummels is a class centre-back yet to reach his prime, and those kinds of players don't come around very often.
OptaJoe's Ryan Keaney was almost ecstatic when he heard the rumours a deal had been made:
Mats Hummels. Finally a partner at the heart of defence that Jonny Evans can really rely on.— Ryan Keaney (@RyanKeaney) July 21, 2014
Bundesliga expert Marco Conradie thinks fans of the Red Devils shouldn't hold their breath, however:
Mats Hummels to Manchester United is like Marco Reus, Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United; not happening. #BuLi.— Marco Conradie (@MarcoConradie10) July 21, 2014
Clark Whitney also weighed in on the chances of a deal:
MUFC fans: Hummels has a contract to 2017 w/o exit clause. Klopp's BVB never sold a star w/ >1yr left & no release clause on his contract— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) July 21, 2014
The Guardian's Nooruddean Choudry shared this detail:
Just to recap, I asked the English journalist to whom Sport attributed the Hummels-to-United story & he was confused. He's still on holiday.— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) July 21, 2014
The summer transfer window is always responsible for wild stories and hundreds of rumours per day, but it's rare to see such conflicting reports surrounding a huge name like Hummels from respected media from several different countries.
Only time will tell whether or not Hummels is indeed on his way to Manchester, but for now, all of these rumours are just hearsay and little more.