Manchester United are firm favourites to sign Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, even though the Netherlands international recently revealed his desire to stay put at the Aliianz Arena. It was reported earlier this month that Louis van Gaal would look to make the Dutch star his first signing at Old Trafford after being appointed as David Moyes' successor.
The 30-year-old, who is contracted to the Bundesliga champions until 2017, is currently 7/2 with SkyBet to join the Red Devils before the summer transfer window closes on September 2. This is despite the fact the former Chelsea star recently told reporters that he was not interested in a move to the Premier League champions.
“Even if United and Bayern are able to agree a deal over a transfer fee I will not move to Manchester,” Robben told reporters last weekend, rather conclusively. But perhaps the bookmakers expect Van Gaal, the Netherlands head coach until after the World Cup, to have a quiet work in the Dutchman's ear over the next few weeks.
United have been tipped to sign a host of players in the Netherlands squad thanks to the arrival of Van Gaal, including Wesley Sneijder, Jordy Clasie, Bruno Martins Indi and Daley Blind. But Robben, who scored the winning goal for Bayern Munich in the 2013 Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley, is the highest-profile name in the Dutch squad - alongside Robin van Persie - and would cost upwards of £25m.
There have been no reports suggesting Bayern boss Pep Guardiola is keen to sell the winger, but a big-money offer may tempt the former Barcelona coach to cash in while the Dutchman's stock is still high.