Manchester United’s transfer dealings this summer have been the subject of intense scrutiny as, with two weeks remaining, there is still a lot of movement both in and out of the club.
So, when reports emerged that Marco Reus and Thomas Muller had both turned down moves to United, it was a bitter pill to swallow.
“…‘Look, he had an offer for a lot of money from Manchester United and he has not gone…we will not sign him with a lesser offer,” Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo said.
As for Muller, the player himself revealed he turned down a wage increase from United in order to stay with Bayern Munich.
“Of course. I was aware that I could earn more by making that transfer,” Muller responded when asked about United’s interest in him.
“The amount that foreign clubs were offering me was astronomical. But Bayern are my club, a change was not an issue for me.”
However, in complete contrast, a United spokesman denied any offers for either player: “It is not true that we made offers for either Muller or Reus at any stage,” a spokesman said.
In either situation, the light doesn’t fall fondly on United. If both reports are indeed true, then United’s tried-and-failed pile of players has increased even further. If the reports are false, why would United boast about the fact they didn’t make moves for two of Europe’s best players.