Despite Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge saying today that “[Thomas] Muller is not for sale,” United are apparently hoping to tempt the German club with a mammoth €70 million (£49.85 million) bid, according to German-based magazine Kicker.
The Bayern chief executive has stood firm with so much reported interest coming from Manchester United.
He is quoted in the Irish Daily Star today as saying:
“As I said because of our partners and our really good financial situation we are completely resistant.
“There is no price, Thomas Muller has four years more on his contract.
“There is no one, not here or anywhere, who can explain to me why we should sell Thomas Muller.”
Although the club may be defiant, players who can resist the urge to move to Old Trafford are few and far between.
This is not to stay that Muller doesn’t want to stay at Bayern, who are in their own right one of the biggest clubs in Europe, if not the world, however the 25-year-old could just be tempted by the Premier League giants.
The Germany international has four more years to run on his current deal and has even longer than that to experience new challenges but being chased by United who, if this story is to be believed, are desperate to sign him is flattering to say the least.
United also need forward options with Wayne Rooney carrying Louis van Gaal’s frontline at present, largely on his own.
With a player like Muller for support, the 2013 top flight champions could just become that bit more dangerous up front. One shot on target against Tottenham was not good enough for a squad with this much midfield talent. Muller could just be the link between midfield and attack that was missing last weekend.
This could all just be fanciful thinking however, if Rummenigge’s stance remains the same.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena