Hummels to Man United latest: Fee ‘agreed’, although Klopp says player is ‘going nowhere’

first_img1 Mats Hummels is linked with a move to Manchester United Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United revolution is well and truly underway.The Dutchman officially took up the reins at Old Trafford last week, and looks to be remoulding his side as they embark on a pre-season tour of America.The Red Devils have already welcomed two major signings in the shape of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, but the real area in need of targeting is central defence.Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels is the man reportedly in line to plug that particular gap, but is a move realistically on the cards? talkSPORT takes a look…£16m deal agreedBoth The Express and Spanish publication Sport have nailed their colours to the mast, reporting that a deal has been agreed that will see Hummels move to Man United for around £16m (€20m). Sport say the deal will be made official later on this week, while the Express point to Dortmund’s recent signing of Matthias Ginter from Freiburg as indication that a deal is set to be concluded.Hummels is staying putAs reported by Ruhr Nachrichten, Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp said that both Hummels and Marco Reus are staying put at the Westfalenstadion – for the time being at least. Speaking during a special broadcast of ‘Black and Yellow talk’, Klopp commented: “I can assure everyone that there is no evidence that the two want to leave. Marco and Mats will play for us next season. What was said today? Mats to Man United? For how much? €20m? Such numbers you can forget.”Wild rumoursIt seems as though daily publication Sport Bild are also dismissing suggestions that Hummels could be on the way to Manchester. ‘The fact that he [Louis van Gaal] is a fan of Hummels is no secret,’ they write, but it is ‘rather unlikely’ that he will be moving to Old Trafford for €20m, especially given Dortmund executive Hans-Joachim Watzke’s recent comments that no players – let alone a player as important as Hummels – will be leaving the club.He wants to got to ManchesterDespite Dortmund’s apparent hard-line approach, The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson believes the German defender is interested in a move to Old Trafford, but the lack of European football is a real sticking point. Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “The big problem is not having European football. They [Man United] would love him. As I understand it, Mats Hummels would like to go to Manchester United if the right deal came about and Dortmund said, ‘yes, Ok, you can go’.”Barcelona snubThe Mirror have approach the situation cautiously, reporting that any potential switch to Man United has been strengthened after the 25-year-old rejected a move to Barcelona. They too report the transfer fee is likely to be in the region of £16m (€20m), citing that Red Devils boss Van Gaal wants Hummels to be lead his defence following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the end of last season.Man United fans, do you think you’ll sign Mats Hummels this summer? Comment below…last_img read more

Michigan House committee approves income tax rollback

first_img15Feb Michigan House committee approves income tax rollback A landmark proposal to give every Michigan worker income tax relief was approved by a  House committee today in Lansing.The plan would lower the state’s personal income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent in 2018, resulting in a savings of almost $1 billion a year by 2019. The tax rate would continue to drop 0.1 percent each year afterward until the income tax is eliminated, providing more relief for workers each year.“A strong economy begins in our homes,” said Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering, the bill sponsor. “When Michigan families have more of their own income to spend or save, the entire state economy benefits. This simply is the right thing to do and the right time to do it.”Reducing the income tax rate to 3.9 percent would fulfill a promise originally made in 2007, when a series of tax changes included a planned lowering of the personal income tax rate. The reduction to 3.9 percent, originally scheduled for 2015, never materialized due to tax structure changes approved in 2011.The legislation approved today by the House Tax Policy Committee would restore that promise. The bill now advances to the House floor for consideration.“Let’s give something back to all of the workers – the middle class, the small-business owners, and everyone else who has carried the burden in this state for so long,” said Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston, chair of the Tax Policy Committee. “They deserve some relief. We have an opportunity here for Michigan workers to keep more of their own money.”###The legislation is House Bill 4001. Categories: Chatfield News,Newslast_img read more

Netflix will commission an exclusive drama series

first_imgNetflix will commission an exclusive drama series in France next year following the launch of its service this autumn, according to French news service BFMTV.BFMTV reported three months ago that Netflix had asked French producers to submit projects for an original series, but that it had not specified whether the project would be initiated in time for the service’s launch or later. The news service has now said that it will be available in 2015 and will most likely be shot in Marseille.BFMTV said that Netflix had decided to respect France’s strict content windowing rules, although the service will be based in the Netherlands rather than in France, avoiding the requirement to submit to French regulation or its tax regime.BFMTV said it had learned that the French service would be priced – in line with the service elsewhere in Europe – at €7.99 a month for the standard definition service, and €8.99 for HD and reception on two devices, with a further offer of €11.99 for HD reception on four devices.The service said that Netflix aims to be on as many devices as possible in France, and is seeking to establish agreements with multiple TV operators in the country, without striking any exclusive deals.Content will include Netflix orginals like Orange is the New Black and acquired series, including exclusives like AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul.last_img read more