Manchester United are willing to launch an incredible €82million to sign Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller this summer amidst reports that he is unsettled, according to sensational reports.
Sport 1 television station in Germany have offered their own take on the rumours suggesting that Van Gaal is keen to acquire Muller as part of his summer recruitment drive, and though what they’re claiming is hard to believe it’s also difficult to altogether throw it out.
Firstly they have a decent record when it comes to transfer rumours, having been the first to report that Douglas Costa was headed to the Allianz Arena this window - he completed his move there last week.
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On top of that it’s been widely reported that Muller was involved in a training ground dispute with Pep Guardiola yesterday.
We’re hesitant to call it a ‘bust-up’, as it’s been labelled in certain other places, as we don’t know the details, but the long and short of it is that questions are now being raised with regards to Muller’s happiness at the club.
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Indeed Sport 1’s report goes as far as stating that United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has held negotiations with Bayern counterpart Karl Heinz-Rummenigge in the past few days, specifically designed to discern whether there is any chance of a deal for Muller being sorted in the coming weeks.
The general consensus to such a query is sure to be no given how important he is to Guardiola’s side moving forward and the rapport he has with both the fans and the powers that be in Munich as a passionate home-grown servant.
Van Gaal and Muller
That said Van Gaal is a keen admirer of the Germany star from his time in charge of Bayern - he is credited as having handed Muller his breakthrough in the senior side - and the budget available to the Dutchman during his second summer in England doesn’t need any dressing up to make it impressive.
The question fans need to be discussing now is whether or not the aforesaid €82m fee is enough to convince Bayern that they can do without Muller, if indeed United are willing to stump up that sort of cash anyway.
It would obviously be a club-record fee, comfortably surpassing what they paid for Angel Di Maria this time last year, but such figures naturally run hand in hand with a large degree of risk.
United fans, do you think a deal for Muller is possible this summer? If it is do you think Van Gaal would pay €82m? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.