Bayern Munich‘s Thomas Muller has been on Manchester United‘s radar for quite a while. But unlike in recent years, the German starlet is now open to a potential move and could consider the Old Trafford side if he were to leave the Allianz Arena in the near future.
This is not the first time Müller is linked with United, though. He was the subject of a €100 million bid from the Premier League club in the summer of 2015 when his former Bayern mentor Louis van Gaal was The Red Devils’ manager. But the talks did not progress and the talented playmaker stayed at Bayern.
Speaking about his decision to stay with the German champions, he said: “There was a stage when the subject arose two years ago when I considered it, but then the club immediately backed me and I was told I belong here.
“I didn’t have to think about it a great deal after Bayern said we are counting on you and that you are an important man for us.”
Last season, the Germany international has struggled to back up his performances in 2015-16 when his 32 goals in all competitions prompted United’s bid. He only notched five Bundesliga goals in 2016-17, and at one point he went through a 999-minute league goal drought. To make things even worse, he is yet to score in the current term.
Muller has spent his entire career at the club, and is the only remaining Bavarian in the squad following Philipp Lahm’s retirement at the end of last season. He played his 400th game for the club this Saturday against Hoffenheim, but he is usually used off the bench in bigger games.
Carlo Ancelotti seems to prefer Thiago Alcantara in an advanced role behind top scorer Lewandowski, making Müller somewhat expendable in the short-term scenario. And if things do not change soon, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him wearing United’s red sooner than later.