Manchester United had a lucrative bid for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller turned down during the transfer window.
Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed he rejected a huge offer from the Red Devils, but did not disclose the figures.
But he did claim that if he was a banker he would have had to accepted the offer put on the table by the Old Trafford club.
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Bayern rejected the offer and retained their forward, who has scored 126 goals in 308 games for the Bavarian club, but Rummenigge believes it will not get easier for the club to keep players following the new television deal in for the Premier League.
As per the Evening Standard, he said: "I'm talking about figures which were very high indeed, if I were a bank manager then I would have had to accept it.
"But as a football club we allowed ourselves to close the door on it, and this door is remaining closed. I can promise that to everybody.
"But one thing is for certain, in view of the increased television money in England things are not going to get any easier for Bayern in future."
Manchester United chased a number of high profile signings throughout the summer, with the likes of Neymar and Sergio Ramos being linked, but this quote by Rummenigge shows the Red Devils were serious in their chase of the World Cup winner.
Having missed out on a number of top targets the Old Trafford club brought in Anthony Martial for £36 million.
With the Premier League getting bigger and Manchester United continuing to grow a move to go back in for Muller in January or next summer would seem likely.
Having paid £36m for a 19-year-old unproven forward, the fee it would take to prize Muller away from the Allianz would be huge, but you get the feeling Man United could afford it.
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