Wednesday 13 December 2017

Schweinsteiger key to Man United move for Thomas Muller move as Van Gaal ready to up €85m bid – reports

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
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Bastian Schweinsteiger could play a crucial role in Manchester United's pursuit of Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller according to reports in the English media today.

Manager Louis van Gaal has been tracking the World Cup winner all summer and clearly short of attacking options, has identified the 25-year-old as the perfect foil for Wayne Rooney.

According to The Express, United have already lodged two bids for the versatile Muller, the second believed to be €85m, but are confident that a third bid could finally land their man.

The paper suggests that Muller's close relationship with Bastian Schweinsteiger, who moved to Old Trafford in the summer, may play a vital role in any potential deal.

Schweinsteiger has appeared off the bench in United's opening two games of the season and is settling in well at the club. Muller is aware that any move would result in a significant pay rise.

Last week The Metro reported the Red Devils are willing to offer the versatile forward a contract just short of €10m-a-year, with wages of €225,000-a-week set to make him one of the highest paid players in the world.

Muller scored twice in four minutes in a 5-0 win against Hamburg on Friday night and Bayern manager Pep Guardiola is keen to hold onto the forward.

“The Bundesliga has to be careful not to fall further behind," he said. "We would be out of our minds to sell Muller.”

The same paper reports that Mario Gotze may also be set for a move away from the Allianz Arena, with Arsenal a potential destination.

Gotze, who scored the winning goal in last year's World Cup Final, has struggled to establish himself in the Bayern first-team and has also been linked with a move to Manchester City

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