Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has admitted that the money offered in the Premier League is “very tempting”.
The German superstar was linked with a move to Old Trafford for most of the summer, but he has now dropped the biggest hint that he may be interested in moving to Manchester United in future.
Muller was one of the key targets for United this summer and as per media reports, Ed Woodward made a number of approaches, including a mammoth €100m bid for the 26-year-old, but Bayern weren’t interested in selling him.
Bayern rejected all offers from United in the summer, and they have shown no indications of selling him now or in the future as well. Recently, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that Manchester United must stop sending them emails enquiring about Thomas Muller.
“I am not a banker. We are a football club,” he is quoted by German television station Sport1. “That is why we never even considered selling Thomas Muller.
“I told my colleagues at Manchester United: “I cannot close down my email account, but you no longer need to send me anything. It is useless.”
At the same time Muller showed no interest in leaving the German club as well. But that could change after he admitted that the money offered in England is “very tempting”.
“In the end, we should not forget that playing football is our job,” he told Welt am Sonntag (via Daily Mirror)
“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.”
Muller has been in tremendous form this season, having scored 10 goals for Bayern in all competitions so far. Manchester United have the financial power to make him one of the highest paid players in the world, and the Red Devils are expected to try their luck again for him.
Alternatively, can it be a ploy from Muller to secure a bigger contract from Bayern? This summer we have seen Sergio Ramos and others who have used United to secure either a lucrative contract or move elsewhere on a high transfer fee.
What do you make of from Muller’s comments? Is he really interested in moving to the Premier League? Or playing mind games with Bayern to secure higher wages? Let us know below.