Have Man Utd bid €100m for Thomas Muller?

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Muller gives a thumbs up to a Man Utd move? Not any time soon
Muller gives a thumbs up to a Man Utd move? Not any time soon

Manchester United sources have quickly dismissed reports in Germany that claimed they had failed in an audacious €100m bid to sign Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller.

Muller confirmed earlier this year that the Old Tarfford club made a bid to sign him shortly after Louis van Gaal took over as United manager a year ago, so it would be no surprise that they have returned with a fresh offer to sign him a year later.

Rumours that Muller and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola no longer see eye-to-eye are helping to propel the idea that a transfer to Manchester could be on the cards, yet this has always seemed like an improbable transfer.

Muller is viewed as an icon of the Bayern Munich team and the German giants have already gone on record to confirm they will not allow any more of their player to leave for United after they agreed to the sale of veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger earlier this month.

The stories in Germany on Monday night suggesting United had bid a record breaking €100m to try and sign Muller set a few pulses racing in Munich and Manchester, but United insiders quickly moved to confirm those claims were wide of the mark.

In fact, suggestions that United have made any formal bid for Muller have been dismissed and it seems highly unlikely that Old Trafford vice-chairman Ed Woodward is actively pursing interest in a striker he has been assured will not be allowed to leave Bayern.

The prospect of Germany World Cup hero Muller rocking up at Old Trafford for a photo call with a United shirt still appears to be a long shot for Van Gaal and Woodward, with their bids to sign Barcelona attacking star Pedro far more likely to produce a successful conclusion.