Manchester United are facing setback in the transfer market as they are set to lose out on Mats Hummels and Stefan de Vrij

Mats Hummels was reportedly United’s prime defensive target as Louis van Gaal was keen on bringing in the Germany international to Old Trafford. After the departure of veterans Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, the need to improve the team’s defence is urgent. An experienced and solid centre back was identified in Borrusia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels and United have been linked with a player ever since. The Dutchman was ready to make a £20million offer for Hummels’ signature.

However, it now seems that the Manchester club can lose out on the player as Barcelona have stepped up their interest in the defender. Luis Enrique is keen to replace Carles Puyol with a capable player as he looks to put the club’s disappointing last season behind and target trophies in the new campaign. Reports suggest that Enrique is looking at Hummels and Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen.

With Spurs ruling out a move for Vertonghen, United will face an even harder battle to land the German as Barcelona now have made Hummels their first-choice . 

Vertonghen was linked with a move away from White Hart Lane as he was reportedly unhappy with Tim Sherwood’s departure and the lack of European football for the club next season. But he was later quotes as saying he was going to stay with the club, “I’ve got more years left at Tottenham and I’m happy. I want to stay so it doesn’t matter who the manager will be. The chairman will make a good decision.”

This is as clear as it can be. Tottenham will not part ways with their most solid defensive player at the moment, someone who also gives them the advantage of playing as a full back and a centre back. This means that Barcelona will now focus their attention on German defender Mats Hummels and try to prize the player away from the German giants.

De Vrij going to Lazio instead of United

Manchester United have been linked with a lot of the Dutch internationals in the last few days as having a coach who recently led the national side in the World Cup would lead to a lot of speculation Stefan de Vrij was another such target. United were reportedly closing in on a £7million deal.

Feyenwood sporting director Van Geel told De Telegraaf that de Vrij could leave the club if a right offer came along, giving boost to United’s chances. He said,  “Stefan is a player who came through our youth academy and played in the first team for five years. He played an amazing World Cup and his contract is due to expire in one year. If the right club comes along and puts in a good offer, we will definitely look at it.”

There were reports that United had already signed the player, during the World Cup. But his agent went on to clarify that no agreement had been reached and any reports stating otherwise were incorrect.

Now it seems that the talented defender is headed to Lazio in Serie A after Lazio Sporting director Igli Tare has revealed that the player’s agent never even spoke to Manchester United and de Vrij would be playing for Lazio next season.

“Many things have been said and written about De Vrij and his transfer to United but this is not true”, said Tare

“His agent has said clearly that he has never been to Manchester to meet with the English club. De Vrij’s will is to play in Lazio.”