Mats Hummels admits the lure of Barcelona would be difficult to turn down.
The German international has established himself as one of the best defenders in Europe, having helped Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles since his arrival, initially on loan, in 2008. Whilst he will not add to this tally this term, there is every chance he could win a first UEFA Champions League, with Jurgen Klopp’s side through to the semi-finals of the competition.
Hummels has in the past been linked with Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs, but last month it was suggested that he had held talks about a summer switch to Barcelona. And although this was swiftly denied, the 24-year-old, who remains under contract at Westfalenstadion for another four seasons after this one, admits he could be tempted by the Camp Nou giants.
“Me and my father [and agent] would turn down 99.9 per cent of the teams around the world when they come in for us,” he told Bild. “But Barcelona are one of two or three clubs that would make me consider the possibility of a move. In that event I would consider whether it makes sense to leave.”
It is thought that Blaugrana have identified Hummels as their replacement for Carles Puyol, who will be celebrating his 35th birthday at the weekend. The Spanish international has been hampered by injuries this term, with his last appearance, the 4-0 Champions League second round win over Milan in mid-March, being just his 19th of the season in all competitions.