Manchester United will launch a £60 million offensive to land Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller, according to reports reaching Cheznews sports desk.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward “remains confident” of signing the German and bolstering the Red Devils’ attacking power after the departure of Robin van Persie, who is set to join Turkish club Fenerbahce.
Muller was linked to United last summer before inking a new contract with the Bundesliga champions.
Cheznews noted Bayern are “reluctant to sell” a player who has played a major role in their recent success. Muller’s versatility, ability to link attacking moves and clinical nature in front of goal makes him an attractive prospect to United boss Louis van Gaal, who brought him into Bayern’s senior team during his spell as boss at the Allianz Arena.
With Van Persie set to follow Radamel Falcao out the door, Van Gaal has just Wayne Rooney and youngster James Wilson to deploy up front heading into next week’s pre-season trip to the United States. New signing Memphis Depay can play an advanced role if needed, but the situation could be exasperated by Sevilla’s interest in Javier Hernandez, who is currently sidelined through injury.
But the question on most United loyalist lips is, ” Can Muller solve the lingering issue in LVG’s team reconstruction? ”
It is believed that Muller would be an excellent signing for the club. He possesses intelligence like few other forwards and a knack of popping up at the right time. The 25-year-old is a team player scoring 20 and assisting 13 in the Bundesliga and Champions League last season, he could provide the vital link between United’s midfield and attack.
The Weilheim in Oberbayern, West Germany born footballer plays as a midfielder or forward, and has been deployed in a variety of attacking roles as an attacking midfielder, second striker, centre forward and on either wing.
He has been praised for his positioning, team work and stamina, and has shown consistency in scoring and creating goals.
Because of Robin Van Persie’s imminent move to Fenerbahce and the exit of half-remembered anxiety dream Radamel Falcao to Chelsea, United are looking a bit light on players who do the whole goal thing.
Müller’s role can be described as an attacking all-rounder, a player able to play in a variety of forward positions. As he came through the youth system, he was seen primarily as a midfielder, but since breaking into the first-team he has been used in more forward roles. Both Bayern Munich and the Germany national team usually play a 4-2-3-1 formation, and Müller is most often part of the three attacking midfielders behind the central striker. With LVG’s preferred 4-1-4-1 or 4-3-2-1 formation, it is obvious the young German will surely fit in behind whoever LVG decides to play as the striker, but whichever position he chooses to play Thomas, it can be assured that he will live up to expectation. He has proven that he can play in any of the attacking midfield roles but usually plays in the center for Bayern Munich, and on the right for Germany. He has been used as an out-and-out striker on occasion.
Müller’s versatility has been a huge contribution to the Bavarian team earning him praise for his maturity, pace, technique, awareness and positioning.
He has been particularly noted for his composure; Germany manager Joachim Löw said he is “impervious to pressure” and former Bayern manager Louis van Gaal said he has tremendous mental strength. A consistent scorer and creator of goals, he describes himself as a player who can find gaps in the opposition defence but not particularly good at dribbling or one-on-ones.
Müller describes this role as Raumdeuter, a term that translates to “interpreter of space”. During 2014 World Cup, Germany manager Joachim Löw stated that Müller “is a very unorthodox player and you can’t really predict his lines of running, but he has one aim and that is ‘how can I score a goal?” And he surely has tried to to rake in 72 goals at Bayern in 171 appearances.
With the transfer market counting down to 53 days, 09 hours, 00 seconds and 54 seconds, he will surely be a worthy buy if LVG succeeds.