According to the Mirror, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is planning whooping a £50 million double-raid of Bundesliga stars Lars Bender and Mats Hummels.
As per reports, Ferguson sent his brother, Martin, to scout the duo during Germany’s international friendly against the Netherlands and the chief scout was apparently impressed by the two’s glaring potential.
It doesn’t come as a secret that Manchester United have somewhat struggled at the back this season and both Hummels and Bender could help the Red Devils meet these defensive problems and wrestle the title back from arch-rivals Manchester City.
Hummels is arguably the most sough-after defender in Europe right now and with both Ferdinand and Vidic vulnerable to injuries and Jonny Evans still proving himself on the big stage, the 23-year-old could be a vital addition to the Red Devils’ backline.
The Borussia Dortmund star is a typical no-nonsense defender who can shut out any attack is a matter seconds and also provide massive aerial ability to the team during set-plays.
With over 150 club appearances to his name, his experience could be a pivotal factor and it will be interesting to see whether Dortmund will try to hang on to Hummels if United come calling with a bid worth £25million.
Bender, on the other hand, is currently plying trades at Bayer Leverkusen and is considered as an “unsellable” asset of the club.
The defensive midfielder is one of the most promising exponents of his art and has been previously linked with European giants and United’s fierce Champions League competitors, Bayern Munich.
With a similar price-tag as Hummels, Bender too could be a significant transfer for United, considering the lack of quality depth in the team’s midfield.
Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are all perhaps counting their days at Old Trafford, whereas, Anderson’s and Darren Fletcher’s respective fitness concerns mostly keep the two out of the Red Devils’ starting line-up, although the Brazilian has shown glimpses of return to full-health in his past few appearances.
Bender, could thus, provide the steel and nexus to United in the middle of the park and add more defensive stability to the team.
However, it is unlikely that Ferguson will meet Leverkusen’s asking price for the youngster.892656