There’s no “realistic chance” of Manchester United signing Thomas Muller from Bayern Munich this summer, according to respected German football expert Raf Honigstein.
The Red Devils have already spent around £80m to land star names such as Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin this summer, but with Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie having been axed Louis van Gaal is short of attacking options.
Recent reports have linked with Premier League giants with a blockbuster move for Bayern’s Muller, with an offer in the region if £70m mooted.
The striker’s team-mate Philipp Lahm further fuelled speculation by suggesting that a deal is possible, but Honigstein feels that there’s ‘no chance’ of seeing the World Cup winner at Old Trafford next season:
“I don’t think there’s any realistic chance Bayern Munich will let Thomas Muller leave,” he told talkSPORT.
Honigstein then went on to hint that Bayern may have leaked the rumours themselves to help affirm their status as one of the biggest clubs on the planet:
“There’s even a suggestion that the latest bid from Manchester United was leaked by Bayern, just to say, ‘we are Bayern, the bids are coming in and we are saying no regardless’.
“If there was something serious going on they would be very careful to keep it quiet because politically it’s dynamite. If they let Muller go, there would be riots in the streets of Munich.”