Could Mats Hummels Improve Barcelona’s Defensive Line?

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Witters Sport – USA Today Sports

Barcelona were reportedly looking to sign a central defender this summer, but their efforts to add Thiago Silva or David Luiz into their squad were unsuccessful. So in the end, they didn’t make a deal. The emergence of youngster Marc Bartra has helped to mitigate the lack of depth Los Blaugranas have at their back line, but they are still looking for possible reinforcements in the transfer market.

It seems like they are close to find their man as they have been given permission to discuss a deal with current Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels.

The German international fits the bill of what Los Cules are looking for: a solid defender with a good passing range, young but with international experience and who can be used to play for important teams that aren’t attacked much throughout the course of a match.

Hummels is only 24-years old, but already has a lot of experience. He’s been capped for his country at both youth and senior levels, played in the European Championship last year and was a key player in Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League run last season. In addition to that, he’s technically gifted and he can push forward with no issues due to his advanced ball control.

He would be a terrific signing for the Camp Nou outfit, although there’s a long way to go before the deal gets done. They have to agree terms with the player first and then structure out a deal with Dortmund, who are reportedly asking around €35 million to sell their star defender.

Despite all that, Hummels has great chances to end up playing in Barcelona. He would be a great fit for them and would send a message to all their competitors that while they might have to rebuild a few pieces, they are always looking to be a European powerhouse.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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