Thomas Muller has admitted that he was given an astronomical offer to join Manchester United this summer but never considered leaving Bayern Munich.
Manchester United were linked with a move for the Germany international before the World Cup. Louis van Gaal reportedly commissioned a £35 million bid for the player he helped bring through the ranks whilst in charge of Bayern Munich.
Despite the huge money on offer at Old Trafford, Muller, who went on to win the World Cup with Germany in Brazil, said he never considered leaving the Allianz Arena. He does, however, hint that the Red Devils came close to convincing him.
Speaking to Bild & translated by The Daily Express, Muller said: "Of course they were close.
"I was aware that I could earn more by making that transfer.
"The amount that foreign clubs were offering me was astronomical. But Bayern are my club, a change was not an issue for me."
The 24-year-old underlined his intention to stay with the Bundesliga champions in June, agreeing a long-term five-year contract extension. Following the news, interest from Old Trafford evaporated and vice-chairman Ed Woodward turned to Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera.
Pep Guardiola would have been happy to heel hold on the attacking midfielder, who scored 38 goals in all competitions for the Bavarians last season. With transfer hard to come by at Manchester United, fans will be cursing their luck at how close they came to signing a top star.
The frustration is born out of Manchester United’s failure to secure the appropriate signings before the start of the Premier League season. Van Gaal saw his competitive Old Trafford debut go down like a led balloon as Swansea took all three points in a 2-1 win.
Manchester United have signed Herrera, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo appears to have joined from Sporting Lisbon, but quality is still lacking in key areas. As a versatile defender, who can play both left-back and centre-back, Rojo should help plug a gap in defence.
However, the Argentinian appears to be a back-up choice for Van Gaal after the Dutchman failed to agree a deal with Arsenal for Thomas Vermaelen. The Gunners captain eventually chose to sign for Barcelona after Manchester United refused to offer Chris Smalling in exchange for the Belgian.
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