A lack of Champions League football was the critical factor in Mats Hummels’ decision to snub Manchester United in favour of a return to Borussia Dortmund, it has been claimed.
Hummels, 30, rejoined Dortmund earlier this week after three years back at Bayern, where he had previously come through the academy ranks. It means Manchester United have missed out on yet another defensive target, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sets about revamping his backline.
According to German source Bild, United did make an offer for Hummels, which included more lucrative wages than what he will earn at Dortmund. However, it wasn’t enough to convince the 2014 World Cup winner, as he still wants to be playing in the Champions League.
United cannot offer that having finished a disappointing sixth in the Premier League last season, which meant a return to Dortmund was more appealing for Hummels.
Solskjaer also looks to have missed out on Matthijs De Ligt, after reports claimed that the Ajax captain has decided to join Juventus instead.
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