Manchester United will bid up to €50 million this summer in an attempt to convince Bayern Munich to sell their Dutch winger Arjen Robben. The Netherlands international was one of the star performers in the opening round of World Cup group stage matches - netting two goals against world and European champions Spain last Friday - and it seems Louis van Gaal is keen to bring him back to Old Trafford following the conclusion of this summer’s showpiece international tournament in Brazil.
This information is provided by German newspaper Bild, who believe the Red Devils are prepared to make a huge club-record offer in order to secure the Bundesliga star’s services. Robben has been one of Europe’s best-performing wingers over the past three or four years and has shown no signs of decline, despite turning 30 in January.
Relationship with Van Gaal
It’s no secret that Robben has a fantastic relationship with Van Gaal, who will take charge of the Red Devils after his Netherlands side exit the World Cup finals, but the Dutchman insisted last month that he was more than happy to stay with Bayern Munich, who celebrated another Bundesliga title last season.
"Manchester United? That's not an option. I am staying at Bayern Munich. Period,” he told reporters in May. "I had a great time under Van Gaal at Bayern, he has been very important for my career but I am very happy at my current club."
Could Bayern Munich turn down €50m?
Bayern are not in any financial trouble, but a massive €50 million bid for a player now on the wrong side would surely tempt the 2013 European champions to cash in. The winger’s value will only decrease over the next few years - and it’s difficult to imagine Robben being as effective without that explosive burst of pace which has allowed him to leave defenders trailing in his wake for over a decade now.
Robben, of course, has previous experience playing in the Premier League. He spent three years at Chelsea before leaving Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid in 2007, where he lasted two seasons before making the switch to the Allianz Arena.
Van Gaal knows the Bayern Munich star well, as does his Netherlands teammate Robin van Persie. The world saw what the two players are capable of producing when on the same pitch together in that extraordinary 5-1 victory over Spain - and Van Gaal knows there’s no reason they can’t produce the same magic on a weekly basis at Old Trafford.