Bayern Munich centre-half Mats Hummels has admitted that he came ‘very close’ to joining Premier League side Manchester United before moving to Bavaria.

The Germany international is a World Cup winner and regarded as one of the best defenders in the global game.

Hummels was part of the Jurgen Klopp era at Borussia Dortmund but opted to sign for the Ruhr Valley outfit’s fierce Bundesliga rivals Bayern this summer.

The 27-year-old came through the youth ranks at the Allianz Arena outfit and as such moving back to Bavaria was something that was always on the cards.

Despite this, Hummels has confessed that United were one of a host of teams that wanted him during his time at Dortmund and that he could have ended up at Old Trafford with Louis van Gaal was in charge of the Red Devils.

“It was close. Very close,” the German enforcer told The Daily Mail.

“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

“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.”

United are having issues at the heart of their defence and are expected to sign a new centre-half either in January or next summer.

The addition of Hummels would have been a groundbreaking deal but for now Jose Mourinho’s men can only dream of having a defender of the Bayern star’s quality in their ranks.

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