Manchester United close to signing Mats Hummels


Mats Hummels arrived in Munich with plenty of mementoes from Brazil. (Lennart Preiss / Bongarts / Getty Images)

Manchester United appears to have edged ahead of Barcelona in the bidding to land one of the heroes of Germany’s World Cup-winning team.

Mats Hummels is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund for Old Trafford in a $28 million deal, according to the Spanish newspaper Sport. During World Cup play in Brazil, Hummels scored twice, including the only goal in Germany’s victory over France in a quarterfinal. United, under new Coach Louis van Gaal, has been eager to sign a new center-back after the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

Hummels, 25, would bring youth and star power to van Gaal’s team.

 

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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