Manchester United have been dealt a major blow in their hopes of signing Thomas Muller after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said no money would lure the striker from the Allianz Arena. The 26-year-old forward has been linked with a move to Old Trafford ever since his former manager Louis van Gaal took charge of the club in 2014.
The Dutch boss was reunited with Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger during the summer transfer window, and according to Bild the Premier League giants also launched an offer of €100m (£73m, $112m) to for his teammate.
Rummenigge later revealed the club rejected a huge bid for Muller, although he refused to disclose the club it came from. "I'm talking about figures that were very high indeed," he told Suddeutsche Zeitung. "If I were a bank manager then I would have had to accept it, but as a football club we allowed ourselves to close the door on it, and this door is remaining closed. I can promise that to everybody."
The chairman has now warned potential suitors that Muller will stay at the club no matter how much money other clubs offers, comparing the German international's presence at the club to the likes of Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford.
"Muller will stay at Bayern, regardless of what any club offers. There is no amount that would make us consider an offer," he said to Bild. "[Lionel] Messi belongs to Barcelona, Rooney belongs to Manchester United and Muller belongs to Bayern. It should stay like that.
"There might be players out there who have a better technique and who are faster, but there is no second Thomas Muller in this world. He is extremely valuable to us. He represents the 'Mia San Mia' ['We are we', the club motto] feeling at Bayern."