Manchester United target Mats Hummels admits it is an "honour" to be linked with Spanish giants Barcelona.
Hummels is widely regarded as one of the finest defenders in Europe after helping Borussia Dortmund to successive Bundesliga crowns.
The 23-year-old is also a key figure for the German national side and featured for them at Euro 2012.
But recent reports suggest Barcelona are looking to tempt him to the Nou Camp - a move that he would seemingly welcome.
He told German TV station RTL: "Barca, from my point of view, is the best team in the world and it is an honour to be linked with them.
"Regarding the Barcelona rumour, I read it in the newspapers. My father asked me about it and I told him 'you should know, you're my agent!'"