German giants look to offer Dutch ace new deal to fend off United interest

German heavyweights Bayern Munich are prepared to offer Dutch winger Arjen Robben a new contract as the Bundesliga champions look to fend off interest from Manchester United in the player.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is a keen admirer of his compatriot – having worked with him during his time as Dutch national team coach in the World Cup – and is interested in bringing Robben to Old Trafford so that they can resume their fruitful working relationship.

However, Bayern are aware of the rapport between van Gaal and Robben and will attempt to ensure that no move happens by offering the 30 year-old a new deal.

Robben only penned a new £180,000 a week deal last year, yet Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has commenced negotiations on a contract extension.

The Dutchman turned down Old Trafford in favour of Chelsea in 2004 but the Red Devils have always retained an interest, and there is speculation that a £24 million bid is being prepared.

Despite this, the new contract offered by Bayern means that United will face a tough battle to bring Robben back to English football.

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