Manchester United officials have moved quickly to deny reports that they launched a £70 million bid for Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller.
A report by Times journalist James Ducker, who is currently following the Red Devils as they travel around the USA on their pre-season tour, claims reports from Germany are incorrect.
German publication Sport 1 claimed that Manchester United had tabled the offer in an attempt to force through a transfer.
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The bid would have made Muller the third most expensive signing of all time with only Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, both of Real Madrid, costing more.
However, it seems that while Manchester United may well have an interest in the Germany international, they are still of the impression that any time spent trying to convince Bayern Munich to sell would be wasted.
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Pep Guardiola considers the 25-year-old a key part of his plan to bring the Champions League trophy back to Bavaria and is not ready to consider selling him this summer. Their position was made clear to Old Trafford officials during negotiations over Bastian Schweinsteiger.
For Manchester United fans, this update will come with a heavy dose of disappointment as they were hoping Muller was the 'surprise signing' that Louis van Gaal has been talking about.
It's not the striker that the media has written about. You have to wait and see"
The Dutchman told reporters that Ed Woodward was working on a transfer deal that would see a striker that no one in the media has been talking about.
"He's in the process,” Van Gaal has said. “It's not the striker that the media has written about. You have to wait and see.
“The transfer period is open until August 31. You have to wait."
Who could it be?
Manchester United have been linked with a host of strikers this summer and many have claimed that this surprise signing could be anyone from PSG's Edinson Cavani to Tottenham's Harry Kane.
However, there was something of a stir caused earlier today when Betfair slashed their odds on Zlatan Ibrahimovic moving to Old Trafford before the end of the transfer window.
The Swedish international was linked with an exit from Parc des Princes earlier this summer but seemed to have patched things up with the Ligue 1 outfit.
However, his addition would be the surprise Van Gaal had promised and would also constitute something of a marquee signing. Ibrahimovic has never played in the Premier League and would surely cherish the chance to win another league title in another country.
Who do you hope Manchester United's surprise signing will be?
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