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Hummels returns to Dortmund: a perfect fit that could unsettle Bayern

Mats Hummels still has plenty left to offer in a top club's defense, but will Bayern regret letting him leave so easily for their biggest and strongest rival?

Why? The obvious and indeed most accurate answer is that all three parties felt that Mats Hummels' move back to Borussia Dortmund from FC Bayern Munich was in their interest. But that tells us nothing about how each of them arrived here, and then quickly found an agreement that would have seemed beyond the realm of fantasy a few months ago.

Borussia's thought process is relatively easy to explain. The main reason that last season's runners-up failed to win the league was their young defence's...

Bayern's Mats Hummels to return to Dortmund

Bundesliga correspondent Raf Honigstein weighs in on Bayern Munich's interest in Man City's Leroy Sane and the roadblocks that have emerged between the clubs.
Raphael Honigstein joins the crew to weigh in on Borussia Dortmund's signings, and questions whether or not they've done enough to win next season's Bundesliga title.
Gab Marcotti joins the ESPN FC crew to shed some light on Bayern Munich's up-and-down season, citing an aging roster as a problem moving forward.

Mats Hummels will end his three-year spell at Bayern Munich and return to Borussia Dortmund, pending a medical, both clubs have announced.

The 30-year-old, who was taken out of international contention by Germany coach Joachim Low earlier this year, will return to Dortmund for a reported fee of €38 million including possible bonuses.

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Bale to Bayern rumours are 'rubbish' - agent

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe says it's still early, but he fully expects Real Madrid to make a big push to generate money from player sales this summer.
Alejandro Moreno examines Real Madrid's projected starting XI for next season and says additional signings are still needed to bolster the squad.
Steve Nicol decides which players Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid should keep around or part ways with in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Bayern Munich have not made an approach to sign Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid, the player's agent Jonathan Barnett told ESPN FC on Monday.

The Wales international is reportedly one of the players expected to leave the Spanish giants this summer, and is considered surplus to requirements since the return of Zinedine Zidane as coach.

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Reports in Spain had suggested Bayern were prepared to match Bale's wages in order to take the player on loan as...

Transfer hotlist: Five players every club wants

Craig Burley urges Matthijs de Ligt not to be tempted by the big-money offers and to choose his next club based purely on the football.

The transfer window for the rest of Europe isn't even open yet (the Premier League opened on May 16), but ahead of July 1 there are a host of players whose names just won't disappear from the gossip columns.

Imagine being a young star and having every top club in Europe after you. Here are five who know how that feels.

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Matthijs de Ligt

Club: Ajax
Age: 19