Borussia Dortmund are in advanced talks to bring Mats Hummels back to the club where he first made his name – Sky Germany report.
Hummels, 30, is believed to be facing a season of reduced playing time at Bayern Munich, with Niko Kovac bringing in the likes of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard for big money this summer.
Sky Germany claim that a fee of 30 million Euros could soon be agreed, potentially leaving just personal terms to be finalised between player and club.
Mats Hummels gained legendary status at Dortmund prior to his move to Bavaria in 2016, after winning two Bundesliga titles and one DFB Pokal trophy during a seven-year span at the club.
A successful spell at Bayern would follow, with the World Cup winning centre-back integral as Bayern won three Bundesliga titles on the spin.
The reported €30million fee would be fractionally less than the €35million Dortmund first received for Hummels three years ago.
With Boateng and now Hummels expected to depart Bayern this summer, it is a sign of a changing of the guard for both club and country. In March, Joachim Low stated that Hummels, Boateng and Thomas Muller were no longer part of his national team plans.
The Bayern trio, who were central to Germany’s 2014 World Cup win, have had to make way for the countries new generation to thrive.
Hummels, however, will hope that he can recapture the kind of form he first demonstrated during Jurgen Klopp’s triumphant reign at BVB, where his assured leadership of the backline proved crucial to the side’s success.
For Dortmund, Hummels could prove to be the essential final piece of the jigsaw, as ‘Die Schwarzgelben’ fell just short of winning last seasons Bundesliga title – ironically to a Mats Hummels led Bayern side.