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…
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