Manchester United transfer news: Franz Beckenbauer urges Bayern Munich to do 'everything' possible to keep United target Thomas Muller

Muller has grown frustrated with becoming a bit-part player under Pep Guardiola with reports that United could offer him a £37m move to Manchester

Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has urged the club to keep hold of forward Thomas Muller at all costs, admitting that “we must do everything to keep him” after the door was opened over a move to Thomas Muller.

Reports claim that Muller has grown frustrated at the Allianz Arena having been reduced to a role from the bench under manager Pep Guardiola, and a move to United is believed to be in the offing given the Premier League side’s plans to revamp their squad this summer – once they appoint a new manager.

Talk of a move grew further when Bayern’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke on Muller’s future and hinted that the 24-year-old would need to ask for a move if he no longer wished to stay at Bayern.

“If a player does not feel comfortable with Bayern Munich, he must come to my office. Then you have to talk about it,” Rummenigge told German newspaper Bild.

However, Beckenbauer is adamant that the Bundesliga champions must pull out all the stops to keep hold of Muller, and admits he doesn’t understand why he should have any reason to be unhappy with the Bavarian club.

 

“Normally, I would say we should not stop people who want to move on,” Beckenbauer told Bild. “But for Thomas Muller, FC Bayern should fight to win him over, if he really has plans to leave.

“He is the original Bavarian player, and the fans identify with him. I don’t see any reason why he should be unhappy in Munich.

“He has had more games on the bench this season, and has not started in the knock-out games in the Champions’ League, but under Pep Guardiola, he is a very highly-respected player.

“So we must do everything to keep him. We should look for another solution, and consider letting him go, only if he states categorically that he does not want to stay.”

Reports suggest that the Germany international could be allowed to leave the club if a bid of around £37m is made, and with suggestions that United will have between £150m-£200m to spend in the summer, they could look towards the man that has netted 2 goals this season despite seeing his starting berth handed to Mario Mandzukic.

And should United confirm the expected appointment of current Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal as their next manager, their chances of landing Muller will receive a boost given that Van Gaal worked with the forward during his time with Bayern, having help guide the club to the Champions League final in 2009-10.

Muller is under contract until 2017 so Bayern will not be forced into a decision, but the general belief is that the club will not stand in Muller’s way if his desire is to play elsewhere.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor