Manchester United’s pursuit of Thomas Muller has been handed a boost today after Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted that Premier League clubs will soon completely dominate the transfer windows.
Manchester United reportedly had a £60m bid for the Germany forward turned down over the summer, and the Bundesliga champions revealed that they did indeed reject a big offer for the World Cup winner.
Louis van Gaal coached Muller during his time at Bayern Munich and remains a big fan of the forward. The Dutchman was looking to bring in a big-name striker over the summer, and ultimately settled for Anthony Martial of France.
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But the 25-year-old remains a long-term target for the Red Devils, and Rummenigge is aware of the growing financial strength of the Premier League relative to rivals like the Bundesliga and La Liga.
“Their income from TV is much, much bigger than our income in Germany or Italy or in Spain, so we have to find different philosophies which will not be very easy,” Rummenigge said.
“The tsunami wave will probably get bigger next year because the TV pot will be bigger than this year. So the transfer market will be totally dominated by the English clubs, that’s a fact.”
To illustrate the fact you only have to look at recent deals by Premier League clubs - Manchester City splashed out almost £60m for former-Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne while Tottenham Hotspur spent big on Son Heung-Min.
Roberto Firmino, formerly of Hoffenheim, also completed a move to Liverpool for £29m.
What do you think Premier League fans - is the English top flight too dominant in the transfer window?