Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is hoping to make a move for Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller before the summer window closes - however Ed Woodward is pushing to sign Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale.
The Red Devils' pursuit of Muller is likely to be a fruitless one however, with Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge adamant that the striker will stay at the Allianz Arena for the rest of his career.
It was previously reported that Manchester United had already lodged one offer of €100 million for Muller, however Rummenigge has publicly insisted that no more players will follow in the footsteps of Bastian Schweinsteiger and swap Bavaria for Old Trafford.
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Now the Bayern chief has gone one step further and told German source Sport1 that Muller could well stay with the club for life.
"I have the feeling that Thomas is at Bayern for life and will never leave," he said. "When Thomas one day ends his playing career, we would like to integrate him into the club in another role.
"He is totally comfortable in Munich. I do not think that our fans have to worry."
Newspaper Bild carry another interesting line about the transfer dealings behind the scenes at Manchester United. According to the paper there's a disagreement between Van Gaal and Woodward over who they should target.
Bild journalist tweeted a picture of the splash in the paper this morning, while also revealing that Van Gaal wants Muller while Woodward wants Bale.
He wrote: "Van Gaal favors Thomas Muller, Woodward favors Gareth Bale cause @FCBayern won't sell the world champion @SPORTBILD"
Manchester United have been linked with Bale for some time, dating back to his Tottenham days, however new Madrid boss Rafa Benitez seemingly has big plans for the Welshman and has deployed him in a striker role during his first training sessions with the club.
Manchester United may have all the money in the world, but they are going after the wrong targets. They won't be able to strong-arm either Bayern or Real Madrid into selling up because they simply don't need the money. Just look at what has happened with Sergio Ramos.
They would be better off targeting players at lesser clubs that can lure with the promise of a big offer. They need a forward, so why not chase after Mauro Icardi or Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang?
It feels as though the Red Devils have got their transfer strategy slightly wrong this summer and have wasted a lot of time - now thry need to catch up.
Which one striker should Manchester United try and sign this summer?
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