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HE'S COMING! ... maybe ...

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The Mats Hummels to Manchester United rumour seems to be slowly but surely gaining momentum, with the latest developments coming courtesy of German tabloid Bild. The most concrete part of their report, which comes at us in English per ESPN, is a quote with Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, who confirmed Hummels was undecided on his future:

"Mats held talks with me and [sporting director] Michael Zorc 14 days ago, and informed us that he is mulling over his future. That's totally legitimate. He is under contract until 2017, and we have not received an offer. That's why we are completely relaxed."

However, Bild also claim that Hummels made a promise to Sir Alex Ferguson after United attempted to sign the German defender back in 2012, that "should I make the move abroad one day, then it will only be to Manchester United." Of course, even if that is true -- a big if -- then the circumstances at United have changed so markedly as to render such an informal agreement pretty much obsolete.

But, on the off-chance he does decide to see it through, we won't be complaining ...