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SEVEN Mats Hummels alternatives for Manchester United

Date: 5th August 2014 at 7:30pm
Written by Christy Malyan

It's no secret that Manchester United are on the hunt for a new centre-back this summer following the bosman departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, with Louis van Gaal planning a 3-4-1-2 formation for next season. Their priority target is Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, who played an integral part in Germany's successful World Cup campaign. The 25 year-old, famed for his defensive ruggedness, aerial ability and fluency on the ball - often drawing parallels with Franz Beckenbauer - is widely regarded as one of the leading centre-backs in world football, but the Red Devils' pursuit of him hasn't gone so swimmingly. Many offers, ranging from £20million-£30million, have been regularly alleged in the tabloids, but Black-Yellows boss Jurgen Klopp appears determined not to sell. With that in mind and only a month of the summer window remaining, the Premier League side need to think of some viable alternatives. And being the ever-helpful bunch we are at Football Fancast, we've decided to list SEVEN of them... NEVEN SUBOTIC Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels may be off limits but Manchester United could find better luck pursuing sturdy centre-back partner Neven Subotic. The 25 year-old, linked with a Old Trafford switch on numerous occasions in the past, is rated equally highly at Westfalen, but missed the majority of last season through injury whilst former understudy Sokratis excelled in his absence. A dependable, more passive centre-back than Hummels, Subotic often doesn't get the credit he deserves. No doubt however, the Serbian international is one of Europe's top defenders - just take a look at him in action last term: Subotic's pace, tackling ability and ... Read More

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