Paper Talk: 72-hour window for United to complete audacious €220m Bale/Muller double signing
Unhappy Real Madrid supporters could force Gareth Bale to join Manchester United while Thomas Muller's proposed move to Old Trafford is still very much on the cards.
Manager Louis van Gaal insisted publicly that he did not feel the club "needs" to invest in a striker, but with Wayne Rooney struggling for form, the future of Javier Hernandez far from certain and James Wilson still trying to make an impression on the first-team, options in attack are paper thin.
Two players who have been continuously linked with the Red Devils are Welsh international Bale and Bayern Munich's World Cup winner Muller.
The Sunday Mirror suggests that a £95m (€130m) move for the former Tottenham player will be concluded in the final 72 hours of the window and will be heavily influenced by the Bernabeu supporters.
The 26-year-old has already been booed by a small section of fans this season and the paper reports that if they turn on Bale again in their first La Liga home match of the season next Saturday, Van Gaal will have three days before the transfer deadline on the Tuesday evening to do a deal for the world’s most expensive footballer.
Madrid president Florentino Perez has insisted Bale is not for sale but may look to cash in for a world record fee if United stump up the asking price.
Bayern Munich have also insisted that their versatile forward is not for sale, but with wages of £250,000-a-week on offer at Old Trafford, Muller is thought to be interested in linking up with former team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Metro believes Van Gaal will pull out all the stops to land the player before the transfer window closes next week.
A fee of between €90m - €100m has been touted for the services of Muller.
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stressed earlier this summer that Muller would never leave Munich and United had no chance of signing him, while last week sporting executive Matthias Sammer backed up those comments.
"Rummenigge was right when pointing out that he is a player who has no price tag," stated Sammer in a comment published in Bild, amid rumours that Muller wants to make the move to United.