Sunday 23 October 2016

Louis van Gaal launches £50 million bid for Bayern's Thomas Muller

Published 02/07/2015 | 08:59

Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller
Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has made a £50 million bid for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller.

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The Daily Express claims that Muller has been a target for Van Gaal ever since he took over and reports in Germany reveal United have now firmed up their interest by offering a package worth £120 million in fees and wages over a five-year contract.

When asked about United making an offer, Muller told Sport Bild he was flattered - but wants to stay in Munich.

"When you get an offer you consider it automatically," he said. "A request by a big club is an honour and appreciation that your output was good. But I feel fine at Bayern and my contract runs until 2019. There is nothing more to say about this speculation."

The Express adds that Van Gaal identified Muller as the perfect solution to United's goals shortage but it is the second rejection from a Bayern player this week after Bastian Schweinsteiger's snub.

Elsewhere, and Dutch striker Robin van Persie could be on his way to Turkey, with The Sun reporting that Besiktas are ready to 'break the bank' to sign the 31 year-old.

The red top claims RVP could find himself further down the pecking order if Van Gaal spends big on a new striker this summer.

Besiktas have been alerted to this and director Yalcin Kaya Yilmaz suggests the Turks will pull out all the stops to land the Holland international.

Yilmaz is quoted as saying: "If the conditions are right, and he wants to come, we are willing to make an offer, even if it would push us to the limit financially."

The Sun adds that Van Gaal is also hoping to offload Nani to Besiktas' rivals Fenerbahce, who have offered £3.5 million for the 28 year-old, but United want more.

And in further news, long-term United target Ilkay Gundogan has agreed a new deal with Borussia Dortmund that will keep him at the club until 2017.

The Mirror, meanwhile, claims Van Persie is being driven out of United and sold behind his back.

That is the rather astonishing claim of Pierre van Hooijdonk, a former Feyenoord and Holland team-mate of the United striker.

"As early as January of this year, I received information from Turkey about Robin and Fenerbahce," said Van Hooijdonk. "The minute this information came, you knew that United had sent people to test the water for a move.

"Agents and others were searching for big clubs who are prepared to pay the high fee involved for Van Persie. Robin's contract expires next year, so this is the moment when United can still get money for him."

And finally, The Metro reports that United have offered Sergio Ramos a giant contract worth £39 million, after tax, to join the club.

Two offers have already been made for his signature, and now apparently Cadena SER radio says United have made Ramos a huge contract offer to move to Old Trafford.

It is claimed a five-year deal has been proposed and Real Madrid are not prepared to get anywhere near that.

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