Manchester United have been linked with several top quality strikers this summer, despite manager Louis van Gaal even declaring Wayne Rooney is his striker and he does not need to sign another forward.
However, the one who has been talked about the most in recent times is Bayern Munich’s goal poacher Thomas Muller. Reports filtered out last week that United are determined to continue to persist as regards signing the 25-year old until the deadline of the transfer window, after Muller reportedly told friend he fancies a move to Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, German magazine SportBild have a report on this transfer. They claim Manchester United supremo Ed Woodward is about waving his magic wand once again – the Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman has tabled a mammoth €85m offer to seal the transfer of Muller from Bayern.
United’s interest in Muller since van Gaal took over the reigns at the Old Trafford club has been a running theme. The former Netherlands boss has a good relationship with Muller, as he was the one who gave the forward his debut at the Allianz Arena when the Dutchman was at the helm of affairs at the Bundesliga club. With Muller’s relationship with Pep Guardiola a tad strained, the rumour of a transfer to Old Trafford have been ignited.
Hence, it would not come as a surprise if the United interest in the Germany international star is real, and also if Bayern are resolute against selling the player – a claim which SportBild also echoed. Nevertheless, Sport Witness believes there are some points to examine carefully regarding these claims.
The first point is that SportBild say they got their information from England, and we are not sure if they mean English sources or the English media. Secondly, Bild claim the bid is “reported”, which means they are not really sure themselves about it. Thirdly, this may present Bayern an opportunity to remain stout-hearted on their stance, with football manager Matthias Sammer saying Karl Heinz-Rummenigge has “also rightly said” he is a player for whom there is no price tag for.
Muller has been an impressive performer for both club and country. The 25-year old scored 13 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances last season.