According to the Express Newspaper, Manchester United have been alerted to the possibility of launching a bid for Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller after reports emerged that he has been offered to Real Madrid for an excess of £40m.
Muller has long been linked to a switch to Old Trafford for the last couple of seasons and despite coming out to insist that he is happy at the Allianz Arena, the rumors linking the German World Cup winner to the English giants have refused to go away.
Current manager of Manchester United, Louis Van Gaal, himself a former Bayern Munich Manager, has never hidden his desire to land the Midfielder-cum-Striker-cum-Winger due primarily to his versatility and ability to take up any position in the final third.
Blessed with that rare knack for putting the ball in the net, as well as assisting others to score, generally keeping things ticking over in midfield, in archetypal German effective style while rarely ceding possession to the opposition, Muller seems to be that missing link and the glue that can hold together this eye-catching array of attacking stardust consisting of Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria and Robin Van Persie, so that they can finally begin to deliver the expected return of goals for which the club shelled out mega bucks.
Lionel Messi has come out to debunk claims in various tabloids that he is planning to make a move to either Manchester City or Chelsea for a knee-weakening £200m. Reports had been rife this week that the Barcelona superstar was ready to jump ship to the English Premier League due to the internecine crisis that has befallen the Catalan club, the latest being his alleged falling out with the first team manager, Luis Enrique.
Despite the vehement denial of the transfer speculations linking him to any of the two Premier League giants, Messi’s father was reported to have spoken to representatives of the two clubs with a view to persuading his son to join any of them that offers a more lucrative contract.
Whether the Argentina Captain decides to make a switch to the Premier League remains to be seen being that critics keep insisting that he has not really cemented his place among the pantheons of modern greats of the game having played virtually his entire career up until now at Barcelona, in a league which is considered inferior to the ultra-competitive English Premier League unlike his perennial arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo who has tested and bested the Premier League.
Turin giants, Juventus have insisted that Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United target, Paul Pogba is not for sale. The Frenchman who has grown in leaps and bounds since his switch from Manchester United as a youngster is regarded as one of the hottest properties in World football currently. The player, whom Manchester United would be regretting letting go for nothing in the summer of 2012, has earned column inches of praise from journalists and fans around the world for his all-action displays which belie his tender 21 years. His agent, Mino Raiola, who insists that his young jewel is worth more than £77m had earlier insinuated that that the midfield maestro could make a switch to the Premier League but his current employers have blatantly insisted that he is not for sale at any price. While the interest in the player may be flattering it is important that he remains at Turin to build momentum and forge a reputation as one of Europe’s best midfielders. Who knows, a Ballon d’Or may not be far away.