The Red Devils’ rumoured January splurge looks to be off the table given comments from Old Trafford vice-chairman Ed Woodward – who claimed big addition are unlikely this winter – which has switched attention towards next summer.
A centre-back is likely to still be on the agenda then, and United are hopeful that Hummels will be available.
Reports suggest that Dortmund are willing to accept mega offers of around £47m at the end of the current campaign for their star enforcer, with Arsenal also keen.
United are believed to be willing to commit to a ‘Galactico’ era, with big money arrivals each year on the cards, regardless of reduced income this term through failure to qualify for the Champion League.
Hummels is believed to be Van Gaal’s top defensive target, with the German World Cup winner widely hailed as one of the best centre-backs in the game right now.