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Mats Hummels appears set to transfer to Bayern Munich

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The prodigal son is returning home.

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In the last few days, the rumors have been flying hot and heavy that Mats Hummels will be returning to Bayern Munich. The Borussia Dortmund centerback has only one year remaining on his current contract and has been "losing sleep" over the decision in recent weeks.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke was very blunt on a recent episode of Sky's Audi Star Talk. "I believe, if [he goes], then it will be to Bayern Munich," Watzke said. "These personal factors - that he isn't finished with the club [i.e. Bayern Munich], that his father, his mother, his brother live in Munich, his wife is from Munich, he himself is from Munich - a whole series of elements just come together."

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the news that Bayern were involved in a potential Hummels transfer. "I can basically confirm what [Dortmund's general manager Hans-Joachim] Watzke said, that Mats is considering Bayern." Rummenigge spoke to reporters on Tuesday as Bayern were leaving Munich for Madrid.

However, Rummenigge refused to go any farther in discussing the rumored transfer in order to "not like to damage the very good relationship that we have built up with Dortmund over the past two years by making one imprudent remark."

Now, Sport Bild is reporting that Hummels has told Dortmund that he wants to leave the club this summer, and BVB will issue a press release in the coming days with Hummels' intention. As a public company, BVB have to release information that will affect the stock price.

Also mentioned in the report is that Dortmund are working on the return of Mario Götze to the club.