Thomas Muller has become the latest Bayern Munich player to be linked with a move in the wake of the German club’s disappointing exit from the Champions League against Real Madrid last week.
24-year-old Muller has reportedly grown unhappy with a lack of playing time under new manager Pep Guardiola and is said to be open to the possibility of linking up with former manager Louis Van Gaal.
Current Holland boss Van Gaal first gave Muller his chance in the Bayern first team back in 2009-2010 and now looks set to take over at Manchester United following the departure of David Moyes.
Muller has scored 25 goals in all competitions for the Bundesliga champions but has only completed 90 minutes on 18 occasions under Guardiola, which has left the German international frustrated with life at the Allianz Arena.
The imminent arrival of Robert Lewandowski, who is the Bundesliga’s joint leading marksman alongside Muller’s Bayern teammate Mario Mandzukic, on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund poses another threat to the 24-year-old’s playing time and may prove to be the final straw.
With Toni Kroos dragging his contract negotiations out through the international press and other players including Mandzukic, Mario Gotze and Arjen Robben all linked with possible departures its proving to be a difficult time for the reigning World Club Champions.
Even manager Guardiola has refused to rule out an exit despite winning the Bundesliga in record time but club chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is standing firm with any players wishing to leave the Bundesliga champions:
“If a player does not feel comfortable with Bayern Munich, he must come to my office. Then you have to talk about it.” Rummenigge told German sports newspaper Bild.
Meanwhile Muller himself refused to be drawn on his future when quizzed by Bild.
He said: “No comment, no comment. I do not comment on rumours.”
Sir Alex Ferguson was known to be an admirer of Muller but with a wealth of attacking options it would be interesting to see where the German, as comfortable up front on his own as he is behind a target man or operating from the right flank would fit into a United team alongside Rooney, Van Persie and Mata.
Bayern will no doubt be keen to keep hold of one of their prized assets and the Daily Mail report a bid in the region of £37m would be required to convince Bayern to allow Muller to leave.
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