Thursday, 17th October, 2013
Borussia Dortmund have categorically denied defender Mats Hummels has been allowed to leave for Barcelona.
Hummels, who was on international duty with Germany earlier this week, became heavily linked with a move to Barcelona yesterday, after reports that Dortmund had sanctioned the move.
Dortmund were believed to be eyeing up FC Basel's Fabian Schar as a replacement, as Hummels was tipped as a similar purchase to suceed Barcelona's Carlos Puyol.
However, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke issued a short statement regarding the rumours, telling broadcasters ZDF: "This is nonsense. This is a non-story. There's nothing to it."
The Hummels speculation centred around a switch next summer, even as his contract only expires in 2017.
Reports had even claimed that a €35m price tag was being put on Hummels by Dortmund.
The Germany international helped his team cement World Cup qualification on Monday with a 5-3 win over Sweden, which was Hummels' first competitive national appearance for over a year.