Bayern Munich’s executive vice-chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen has confirmed that his club rejected a €100million (approx. £85million) bid from Manchester United for forward Thomas Muller in the summer.
As reported via BILD (via The Independent), Jose Mourinho tried to sign the German in the summer and even faxed in an official bid.
When he was asked about United’s reported offer, he said:
There really was such a thing. Then came a fax from England. For us, however, a sale of Thomas Muller was never discussed. If a player fits us, we would be stupid to give him a short-term prospect of a record profit and to weaken him.
Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba all joined Man United in the summer at a huge cost so whether they all would have arrived had the Muller bid been accepted is something we’ll never know.
In truth, United missing out on Muller may have been a bit of a blessing in disguise as he’s having one of the poorest seasons of his career under Carlo Ancelotti, although how much of that is down to him and how much is down to the new manager’s system and philosophy is something we can’t really quantify.