Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he made an unsuccessful approach for Robert Lewandowski during his time as Manchester United manager.
The Dutchman also expressed interest in Thomas Muller and Sergio Ramos in 2015, but Bayern Munich and Real Madrid respectively ruled out the prospect of selling them for any price.
In fact, Bayern are so determined to stave off interested parties that they released a statement last summer in response to a Sky Sports report regarding Lewandowski, making it abundantly clear that he would not be going anywhere.
And Van Gaal, speaking in an interview with German media outlet Bild, noted that the club approached the German champions, only to be told that the Polish striker would not leave under any price.
“He is currently the best striker in the world. I also wanted to train Lewandowski and wanted to bring him to Manchester United,” he said.
“The price was not a problem for Manchester United, but Bayern did not want to let him go.”
United hopefully should have learned by now that approaching Bayern for their star names is more of a useless venture than an ashtray on a motorbike. The German champions simply do not even entertain the idea of selling important players, even if the sum offered is more than enough.
And you cannot help but wonder what effect Mourinho’s recent comments about United’s “footballing heritage” – namely their comparative lack of it in relation to clubs like Bayern – will have on their transfer window.
He is basically asserting that the club is not in the same bracket as these sides. Any top player looking at that would hardly see it as a ringing endorsement.