Sunday 23 October 2016

Manchester United still 'harbour hopes of signing Thomas Muller'

Published 26/01/2016 | 08:00

Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United
Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United

Spanish media outlet Fichajes report that Manchester United still harbour hopes of bringing Bayern Munich's German international forward Thomas Muller to Old Trafford.

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United remain unperturbed by Bayern's reluctanct to part company with Muller last summer and hope a huge bid will cause the Bundesliga leaders to reconsider.

Muller is the latest reported target for Louis van Gaal, who is desperate to spark his attacking unit into life as the pressure continues to mount on the beleagured Dutch manager.

At the other end of the pitch, United continue to monitor the situation of Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin, according to reports.

Italian outlet Gianlucadimarzio claims United full-back Matteo Darmian has been in informal dialogue with his countryman over a move to Old Trafford, while scouts were reportedly dispatched to watch 23-year-old Perin during the 1-1 draw between Verona and Genoa last weekend. The departure of Victor Valdes on loan to Standard Liege has left United in the hunt for a promising back-up to first-choice custodian David de Gea.

Another day, another Rodriguez linked with a move to Old Trafford. Rather than the £63m Colombian James, this time it's the more modest prospect of the £20m Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez.

The Sun report that United scouts have watched the Swiss international not once but twice in recent weeks - although they witnessed his talents first hand when the German side dumped United out of the Champions League earlier this season.

A buy-out clause of £27m - not to mention interest from Real Madrid - is unlikely to deter Louis van Gaal, who is in urgent need for cover for long-term absentee Luke Shaw.

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