Bayern Munich president Karl Heinz-Rummenigge has confirmed they turned down a huge bid for Thomas Muller this summer.
Manchester United were linked with the Bayern striker throughout the transfer window and multiple reports from Germany said that we had bids rejected.
While there was no confirmation as to what club the bid was from, Heinz-Rummenigge has admitted that Bayern face a tough task in the future when it comes to keeping players thanks to the influx of money into Premier League teams.
“I’m talking about figures which were very high indeed,” he said.
“If I were a bank manager then I would have had to accept it.
“But as a football club we allowed ourselves to close the door on it, and this door is remaining closed. I can promise that to everybody.
“But one thing is for certain, in view of the increased television money in England things are not going to get any easier for Bayern in future.”
United ended the summer by buying AS Monaco’s Anthony Martial to reinforce their attack but fans were keen to see somebody like Muller come to Old Trafford because he is a proven goalscorer rather than an unknown entity.
However, it didn’t work out that way but by the looks of things United tried to sign Muller. That in itself was always going to be an implausible task after Bayern sold Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, so the concept of letting two of their poster boys go in the same window would have been unthinkable in Bavaria.
With bigger TV deals coming next year for Premier League teams, the amount of dispensable cash will only increase so there is every chance that next year United will go back and test Bayern’s resolve with bigger and more lucrative offers.