Manchester United look to have been given a significant boost in their bid to sign Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund, according to the Sun, but reports elsewhere make for grim reading for their fans.
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The Daily Mirror is also reporting that David de Gea is working on leaving United as he refuses to sign a new contract – and he is arguably the most important member of their defence right now.
The Spaniard has been world class for the Red Devils this season, and would be near impossible to replace as all the other top goakeepers in the world are currently at rival clubs – Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea, Manuel Neuer at Bayern Munich.
The bigger picture is also worrying for United – why is de Gea leaving? Is he the latest of many big names to become disgruntled with life at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal? Why has the Dutchman been unable to persuade the Real Madrid target to stay, alongside his other failures in integrating world class players such as Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria?