Manchester United’s diabolical 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last weekend, just before the players dispersed for international duty, was a poor way to end what had been a rather impressive start to their Premier League season.
Because of this loss, fresh speculation over potential signings by Manchester United in either January or the summer have emerged, with various tabloids and press speculating that Louis Van Gaal is interested in Thomas Muller of Bayern Munich.
Manchester United fans will be very much aware that this is far from the first time that the Red Devils have been linked to the German forward in recent months.
In fact, Muller has been on Manchester United’s radar now ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at Old Trafford, with both David Moyes and Van Gaal — who coached the World Cup winner during his time managing in Bavaria — interested in purchasing him.
However, this time, rather than just Manchester United registering their interest in the German without any inclination or interest in a move to England shown in return, Thomas Muller has revealed that he has been tempted with a transfer away from Germany to England in the past.
Thomas Muller made this admission as he spoke to Welt am Sonntag, via The Mirror, over the international break, during which he played for Germany as they surprisingly lost to the Republic Of Ireland on Friday night.
Muller revealed that the huge amount of money that Manchester United can pay him is very tempting.
“In the end, we should note forget that playing football is our job,” he explained. “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.”
However, despite this revelation, Muller admitted that wages can’t just be the one factor in your decision to either transfer or stay at a club. In fact, there are numerous considerations that you have to make.
“You have to look at the complete package to determine whether something is right for you,” Muller continued. “What’s good for you one day will not necessarily still be good for you the day after.”
Over the summer, Manchester United’s Ed Woodward launched numerous attempts to try and purchase Thomas Muller from Bayern Munich, only to be turned away from the German champions each and every time. It’s believed that they were even willing to break Gareth Bale’s transfer record to sign him.
Bayern Munich have made it very clear that they don’t want to sell Thomas Muller for any sum of money, but the player’s comments above might actually pave the way for United to relaunch another bid for him in the summer.
Meanwhile, Muller also defended the Premier League from the criticism that it’s been inundated with because of the huge injection of cash that its clubs have received thanks to a new television deal.
Because of this billion-dollar deal, even the teams at the bottom of the table and league are able to compete with some of the most renowned clubs in the likes of France, Germany, Holland, Spain, and Italy.
But Muller believes that the amount of money floating around in soccer now can only be seen as a good thing.
“I know that a lot of German clubs are unhappy with the Premier League clubs’ spending,” he declared. “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.”