United keen on Hummels

Manchester United will compete with neighbours Manchester City for the signature of Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels, according to the Express.

Sir Alex Ferguson has long been an admirer of the 24 year old, who has won back to back Bundesliga titles with Dortmund, and scored one goal in 24 appearances for Germany.

Hummels has also been linked with Barcelona, but his father has dismissed any contact with the cub in an interview with German newspaper Bild.

Hummels is the third player from the Westfalenstadion to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, with Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski also named as potential targets, while midfielder Shinji Kagawa made the move last summer.

Elsewhere, the club have been linked with a move for Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio by Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport.

However, the Italy international is reportedly happy with life in Serie A, and has previously stated that should he leave, he would favour a move to Germany over England.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson is set to pick side for Saturday afternoon’s trip to Sunderland with one eye on Monday’s FA Cup quarter final replay with Chelsea.

United could go eighteen points clear with victory over the side bottom of the Premier League form table, with second place City hosting Newcastle United later in the day.