Manchester United have put together an incredible package worth £120m in an attempt to prise Thomas Muller away from Bayern Munich, according to two respected journalists.
The figure includes the transfer fee as well as the total wages paid over a five-year deal so, to be clear, Manchester United are not preparing to smash the transfer record to get their hands on Muller.
It still makes impressive reading, of course, and gives United fans hope that they can get their hands on genuine star this summer.
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Ralph Honigstein, a freelance football journalist who has over 345,000 followers on Twitter, told talkSPORT tomorrow that the deal was in the pipeline. His claims were backed up by the chief football correspondent for Sport Bild, Christian Falk.
However, Honigstein also said that Bayern Munich were very unlikely to sell one of their star players while Falk paid homage to the fact that Muller is happy at the Allianz Arena and is contracted until 2019.
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Honigstein said: “Bayern Munich consider him not for sale and an intrinsic part of the team. He is a on a very long contract. But United tried last year and have tried again.
“The figure being bandied round is about £120million. That includes the wages on a five-year deal, so is maybe not as impressive when you break it down. United haven’t quite given up yet, but there will come a point where they will feel it’s not going to happen.”
"A request by a big club is an honour and appreciation that your output was good" - Thomas Muller
It is no coincidence that this story emerged on the same day that Muller's exclusive interview with Sport Bild was published. In that interview he didn't go as far as mentioning Manchester United, but did suggest that he considered a move to the Red Devils when they came in for him last summer.
He told the German paper: "When you get an offer you consider it automatically.
"A request by a big club is an honour and appreciation that your output was good."
The 25-year-old followed that by saying: "I feel fine at Bayern and my contract runs until 2019. There is nothing more to say about this speculation."
Manchester United's vice chairman Ed Woodward seems desperate to complete a huge transfer this summer and has already been linked with a move for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Tottenham's Harry Kane.
Muller sits in between those two stars and would come with the added bonus of already holding a strong relationship with former Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal.
However, with Pep Guardiola in charge and Bayern currently winning major trophies at a canter, leaving Bavaria would be a strange decision for anyone to make.
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