Should Louis van Gaal finally take over at Manchester United, it is being reported that his number one transfer target is Arjen Robben. But recent quotes from Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola suggest the flying Dutchman is going nowhere.
In quotes published by the Manchester Evening News following an interview with Sky, Guardiola said of Robben, “He is a world class player. He was probably our most important forward this year, together with (Mario) Mandzukic.
“I’m happy with him and enjoy working with him.”
Given the ongoing speculation surrounding Mandzukic’s own future – with the suggestion that Robert Lewandowski’s imminent arrival will see the prolific Croatian heading for the exit – losing both Bayern’s “most important” current forwards seems a rather unlikely way for the Bundesliga champions to go, even with Lewandowski in place.
There is no doubt Robben would greatly improve United’s side. In recent seasons he has been among the most devastating attackers in European football.
But with a new deal only recently signed and with Bayern unlikely to sanction a sale no matter what the price, United and van Gaal (should he ultimately arrive) may have to look elsewhere.
As Guardiola said, he is happy with him, and given his ongoing good form and importance, that is no surprise.