For many Manchester United fans, Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller is a dream signing this season.
Versatile, adept and prolific, the 25-year-old striker is one of the most complete forwards in world football and has showed his prowess both on the domestic scene with Bayern and international scene with Germany.
A World Cup, Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB Pokal winner, Muller’s career is littered with trophies like Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s and at 25 he still has so much of time ahead of him.
With Louis van Gaal last night admitting Man United were ‘in the process’ of signing a new striker, Muller’s name will be on high on most people’s lists despite the fact the Dutchman insisted the strikers he is looking at have not been mentioned in the media.
Is that a smokescreen from Van Gaal? It’s certainly unusual for him to give any sort of information to the press about transfers but that remains to be seen.
The Guardian’s latest report on Muller says he is flattered by Van Gaal’s interest and interested in a United move, citing a tetchy relationship between him and Bayern boss Pep Guardiola as the main reason behind the consideration for a move.
However, if you’re looking at complicated transfers in football, Muller will be up there as one of the most difficult to prise away from his club.
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Bayern have already let Schweinsteiger go this summer and the German powerhouse is not known as a selling club, so there would be an outcry from fans if they decided to cash in on Muller, their Bavarian poster-boy.
At a reported £56m, Muller would be one of the most expensive players in history but you get the feeling he’d be worth every penny and one thing is for sure – he’d love to link up with Van Gaal again.
“It’s a secret for nobody,” Muller said.
“Louis van Gaal and I have a relationship that goes beyond that which is normal between a player and a coach.
“However, I have a contract with Bayern until 2017.”
At the start of the summer, United fans would have laughed at the thought of signing Muller from Bayern. It just wouldn’t ever happen. However, what this transfer window has taught us with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin is that United mean business and have the funds to back it up.
While it still remains a fantasy on another level that Muller will be up front for United next season, fans have been filled with a confidence by Ed Woodward that if we do want a player, we’ll do our utmost to make the transfer happen.
As a final point, and one that may bring us all back down to reality, would Muller want to come to United to compete with United’s captain Wayne Rooney for a place up front? The player who, by Van Gaal’s own admission, has special privileges. We’ll leave that with you to decide.