Manchester United had hoped to make another big wave in the transfer market last summer after lodging a lucrative move for Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller, according to reports cited by ITV.
Links between Thomas Muller and Manchester United never seem to go away but many would have expected the Red Devils’ interest in the German World Cup winner to have cooled last year, following the capture of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as well as the breakthrough of Marcus Rashford.
However, despite splashing an incredible £89m figure on Pogba, United had ambitions of sealing another huge deal before the start of the current season and saw an astonishing €100m (£85m) bid for Muller rejected by Bayern Munich.
Where Muller would have fitted in at Old Trafford is highly-debatable but would have most likely seen the German play on the left-side of attack, creating a deadly force alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.
Confirming Manchester United’s renewed interest in Muller in comments made to Sport Bild, Bayern’s chief financial officer Jan-Christian Deesen revealed a genuine offer was made:
“There really was such a thing. A fax came from England. For us, however, selling Thomas Muller was never discussed. If a player fits here, we would be stupid to go for the short-term prospect of a record profit only to weaken him.”
It’s certainly possible, although Manchester United seem to have their sights firmly set on Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. If that deal were to reach a dead end though, renewed interest in Thomas Muller would make sense.
A move could also finally emerge successful at the end of the season as Muller has struggled to find form for Bayern Munich this season, with Carlo Ancelotti often overlooking the German World Cup winner altogether when selecting his starting XI.
With the World Cup scheduled for next summer, Muller needs regular football to cement his position in Germany’s audaciously talented international squad and a transfer, alongside promises of regular football, could see a move take place.