Arsenal & Liverpool to battle for Thomas Muller

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Arsenal and Liverpool have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, who is reportedly open to the idea of moving to the Premier League this summer.

German newspaper Bild claim Arsenal and Liverpool are both interested in the 24-year-old Germany international, who has scored 13 goals in 30 Bundesliga appearances this season. Muller has spent his entire career at Bayern Munich, joining the club in 2000 aged 10, but reports earlier this week claimed he would be keen to reunite with Dutch coach Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

Muller worked under Van Gaal, who is expected to be confirmed as Manchester United's new manager next week, for two seasons and won the 2009/10 Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles together.

However, both Arsenal and Premier League title contenders Liverpool plan to nip in ahead of Manchester United to sign the £37m-rated star. Both clubs can offer something the Red Devils can't next season: Champions League football. Whether or not this influences Muller's decision is unclear, although at this stage there are few indications that Bayern Munich plan to sell the player.

Earlier this week, Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer said the Bavarians must fight tooth and nail to keep Muller, although the club's chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added fuel to the flames by hinting that the forward must ask to leave the club if he wants a transfer away from the Allianz Arena.

“If a player does not feel comfortable with Bayern Munich, he must come to my office. Then you have to talk about it,” he told reporters.

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