Many Manchester United fans will have been disappointed by the club's apparent failure to land Spanish star Pedro from Barcelona, with the 28-year-old now set to join Chelsea according to BBC Sport. But it may mean that Louis van Gaal could well pull a rabbit out of the hat before the transfer window slams shut, amid reported interest in Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller, as covered by the Guardian among others.
It is of course possible that Chelsea went straight into negotiations with Barcelona regarding Pedro happy to pay his release clause, or as Premier League champions, were able to convince the player that he would challenge for more trophies at Stamford Bridge than at Old Trafford.
But in all honesty, with the money from the sale of Angel Di Maria in their pockets, and a central attacking addition a much more vital option for Louis van Gaal, it is completely feasible that United got wind of reports such as those that appeared in the Star this weekend which said Muller was open to a move to Manchester, and decided the big transfer fee, high profile first team role, and massive wages would be better spent on the German than the Barca man.
And it would be hard to argue with that decision if it is indeed what has happened.
Muller is younger, more capable of playing various positions in Van Gaal's system, and a much more prolific goalscorer line-leader were he to deputise for Wayne Rooney.
Bayern have already moved quickly to knock back interest in their star man, much like they did earlier in the summer, with the Manchester Evening News quoting Munich’s sporting executive Matthias Sammer as saying: "His performances have caused a stir, not Thomas. We can’t be blamed for anything. He is a player who has no price tag.”
So it looks like if any deal was to happen, Muller would cost significantly more money than the Spanish international, with MEN reports suggesting that United's unconfirmed bid was £60 million, nearly treble what Pedro will cost Chelsea. But if Muller can reproduce his form at Bayern should he move to Manchester, then it's hard to argue against him being worth whatever near world record fee it would take to bring him there.