Thomas Muller to Manchester United? German hints at move to Premier League
Do Manchester United need a new striker? That is not the right question to ask when considering transfer rumours. The correct question is: which striker should Manchester United sign?
And the answer, for today at least, is Thomas Muller.
The Bayern Munich man has admitted that a move to the Premier League would be "very tempting" because he can earn so much money in England.
If that isn't the perfect motivation to score bucket loads of goals for United then nothing is.
Louis van Gaal was keen to sign the German this summer but never managed to seal the deal so Muller's latest comments are bound to be met with some confusion.
Muller, 26, who has scored 13 goals in 13 games for club and country this season, told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag: "In the end, we should not forget that playing football is our job.
"So people should accept that wages will always play a role in a player's decision-making. Of course, the wages that are being paid in the Premier League are very tempting. It would be hypocrisy to deny that.
"You have to look at the complete package to determine whether something is right for you. What's good for you one day will not necessarily still be good for you the day after.
"I know that a lot of German clubs are unhappy with the Premier League clubs' spending, but I think it is something good for all clubs in the end.
"It can only be a good thing for football when clubs invest so much money."
United have also been linked an array of other players, including Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans and Southampton forward Sadio Mane.
Anderlecht youngster Tielemans has been watched by United scouts, although they could face competition from Chelsea who are also said to be monitoring his progress.
The 18-year-old made his Champions League debut two years ago.
United reportedly made a bid for Mane this summer, but were unsuccessful in luring him to Old Trafford. However, Van Gaal could move for the Senegal international again in January.
Heading the other way through the Old Trafford door could be Ander Herrera, who is a January target for Barcelona, according to the Sunday People.
The Spanish club's transfer embargo is due to end at the start of 2016 and Herrera is among their list of targets.
Herrera, who cost United £29m when he joined from Atletico Bilbao, has been on Barcelona’s radar for a number of years and scouts from the nou Camp have been keeping a close eye on him this season.