Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller says he is relaxed over his future after being linked with a 'crazy' €100m move to Manchester United. After attempting to sign the player in the summer of 2014 in his first season in charge at Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal has returned with an extraordinary offer of €100m (£70.1m, $111m) for Muller this summer, according to Bild.
While the Germany international is fully aware of the cost of doing business in the modern game, seeing his name linked with such an exorbitant fee still comes as shock for the Germany international, who was giving nothing away over whether United's reported offer interested him.
In an interview with Sport 1, Muller said: "It's basically crazy, the numbers currently in football. But that is just the business. But it is not the man who is worth €100m, that is the trade amount. That is why I am relaxed. In Dresden recently a fan approached with a bullhorn and said: 'Hey 100m man, what is your jersey worth?' That made me smile."
United's efforts to bring in another goal scorer have been reinforced by their failure to sign Barcelona winger Pedro, who has since completed ha £21m move to Chelsea. But all summer long, Bayern have been firmly against suggestions of Muller leaving the club. "Louis van Gaal is very stubborn," Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was quoted as saying by Kicker on 13 August. "But there is no price for Thomas Muller."
Muller still maintains a close relationship with Van Gaal after the former Ajax and Barcelona manager brought him into the Bayern first team during his spell in charge between 2009 and 2011. But despite being substituted more often than any other Bayern player last season by manager Pep Guardiola (22 times in all) Muller has so far remained fiercely loyal to the Bavarian giants.