Man United given ‘hands-off’ warning in chase for £70m Germany ace

Manchester United have been given the hands-off warning by Bayern Munich in their chase to sign Thomas Muller, according to reports from the Mirror.

The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, and although rumours cooled, United reignited their interest with the transfer window closing in half a month’s time.

The Red Devils are desperate to land a striker by the end of the month, with only Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez the only two first-team options up front.

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However, it looks like United manager Louis van Gaal will have to search elsewhere after being told by Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that the Germany international is not for sale.

“Muller is not for sale,” he confirmed. “Our English colleagues seem to be unable to spend all of their money.

“It’s difficult. Everyone knows our old friend, Louis van Gaal. He is very stubborn in those things.

“Maybe he thinks that there is a price where Bayern will start to ruminate, but there is no price at all.”

Man United have already signed Bastian Schweinsteiger from the Bundesliga champions last month in a £14million deal, but the midfielder was already struggling for regular first-team football at the Allianz Arena.

Muller, who is reportedly worth £70million, made 48 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring 21 goals.