Arjen Robben considered by Monaco despite Manchester United rejection

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Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben has already made it clear that he has no intention of joining national team coach Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, but that hasn't stopped Monaco weighing up the merits of making the wing wizard a lucrative summer offer.

Robben insisted joining United was "not an option" in an interview with ESPN eight days ago, although Monaco are desperate to sign a creative, world-class operator with Champions League experience and have added the 30-year-old to a select shortlist of summer transfer targets.

According to French newspaper L'Equipe and also reported by A'Bola this morning, Monaco want Real Madrid playmaker Angel di Maria but have put perturbed by a €50m asking price for the Argentine international, which is where Robben comes in.

New Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim will be given funds to strengthen this summer as Monaco prepare for a return to Europe's premier club competition, although that budget may not stretch to a sizeable bid for Di Maria.

The principality are desperate for instant success and believe Robben fits the bill, despite the Dutch star recently signing a contract extension that commits his future to Bayern until 2017.

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola has shown continued faith in the speed demon and Monaco's new interest is unlikely to change that stance, but as last summer's move for Radamel Falcao proved Ligue 1's mega-rich force often refuse to take no for an answer in their quest to become an established giant of the European game.

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