Bild has suggested Manchester United have already started proceedings to try and do a deal for Bayern Munich.
German tabloid Bild has revealed that Manchester United approached Bayern Munich over the possibility of a transfer for Thomas Muller two weeks ago.
The experienced German international was recently linked with an Old Trafford switch as new United boss Louis van Gaal mulls over how to improve the team’s midfield ahead of his first campaign in the Premier League.
“English club Manchester United asked Bayern officially about Muller two weeks ago,” reads the opening of Bild’s report.
Muller, currently away on international duty with Germany preparing for the World Cup, would be a world class signing if United could pull off a deal.
The 24-year-old is thought to want assurances over his future and his role under Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena with rumours suggesting that Bayern could be one of the sides to make a move for Cesc Fabregas.
Muller would definitely become a first choice player under van Gaal at United but the Old Trafford club have several factors working against them despite the fact they appear to have made contact over a move.
The Champions League is important because it’s a competition that Muller has tasted very recent success in.
He could be wary of leaving a side odds-on to make the champions League each season for a team still on the back foot following the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
Muller’s doubts over his role at Bayern under Guardiola are difficult to explain because he did make 31 Bundesliga appearances last season along with 12 in the Champions League.
At times he was used as more of a false number nine type player, a role he thrived in with 12 goals in those two competitions and a role which is threatened by Robert Lewandowski’s arrival.
However, he still remains a perfectly competent central midfield player and someone Guardiola may be unwise to sell.
Bayern are a team always looking to invest in and develop the best players in Germany.
They enjoy a great financial position compared to some of their rivals and Muller seems to be concerned that he’ll eventually be pushed out in favour of younger players coming up through the ranks.
It will be interesting to see if Bayern nip this saga in the bud and extend his contract after the World Cup, which is another chance for Muller to show his quality.