Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has reiterated that Thomas Muller will not leave the club amid rumoured interest from Manchester United.
Man United reportedly tabled a €85m bid for the striker last week in an attempt to build on their currently limited options up front, with Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez the only real forwards at Louis van Gaal’s disposal.
Regardless of the mammoth sum offered by United, Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently declared that Muller won’t be sold this summer.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Sammer also insisted that Bayern will ignore United’s interest.
“We will need every player. I think there is nothing more that could happen [in the transfer market],” he said.
Bayern have already lost one of their long-standing greats to van Gaal in the form of Bastian Schweinsteiger, much to the dejection of their supporters. Losing another stalwart to United is clearly an unthinkable prospect for those in the Bayern setup.
United’s continued pursuit of the Bavarian is confusing given Bayern’s firm stance on the situation. Muller, in a similar way to Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, is indispensable and thus cannot be sold to anybody. With that in mind, talk of United maintaining interest in the striker seems nonsensical, especially when the transfer window is only a week away from closing.
Saturday’s drab 0-0 draw against a subpar Newcastle United side is further evidence that United would benefit from more additions in attack. However, van Gaal is barking up the wrong tree by pursuing Muller.