Manchester United tried and failed with big money moves for both Thomas Muller and Marco Reus this summer.
United have been linked with a number of players this during this window as Louis van Gaal bids to take the side that finished seventh last year back into the Champions League.
Along with the German pair, the 20-time English champions have been linked with world class stars such as Arturo Vidal, Angel Di Maria and Mats Hummels, but have so far managed only to attract Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, while Marcos Rojo is on the way.
The 10 biggest transfers that could still happen
The 10 biggest transfers that could still happen
1/10 Radamel Falcao - Manchester United
Despite missing more than six months with injury, the Colombian striker remains one of the hottest properties in Europe. Falcao had been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but Arsenal and Manchester City had been linked with a move on deadline day for the striker. Enter Manchester United, who pulled off the shock of the summer after a season-long loan was agreed in principle with a view to a permanent deal.
2/10 Sami Khedira - Arsenal/Chelsea
Will he, won’t he, will he, won’t he? Sami Khedira is clearly surplus to requirements at Real Madrid after the arrival of Toni Kroos but his wage demands and fee seem to be getting in the way of a resolution. He is a fantastic player and would be a major coup if he were to arrive at either London club, but this transfer will probably rumble on until deadline day
3/10 Edinson Cavani - Liverpool
Another striker unhappy in Ligue 1, Cavani scored 25 goals for PSG last season but is reported to be unhappy playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Paris. PSG don’t want to sell, but Brendan Rodgers is looking at the top end of the market to replace Luis Suarez and could spend big on Cavani or Falcao
4/10 Mehdi Benatia - Manchester United
The classy Moroccan centre-back would perfectly fit the profile as one of the back three in Louis van Gaal's system. The Roma man, believed to be available for about £30m, is very good on the ball, an excellent athlete and a fierce competitor. He is comfortable taking the ball forward and is a threat at set-pieces
5/10 Arturo Vidal - Mancester United
This potential transfer seems to have been rumbling on all summer but appears unlikely. Vidal is supposedly keen on a move and a midfielder of Vidal’s quality would be an upgrade over United’s current crop, but Louis van Gaal is believed to have doubts about the Chilean’s knee
6/10 Petr Cech - Real Madrid/PSG
Jose Mourinho wants Cech to stay in west London but the giant goalkeeper is too good to waste his away on the Chelsea bench. Real Madrid, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain seem the likeliest destinations for the 32-year-old, who is still one of the very, very best in the world
7/10 Mats Hummels - Manchester United
Again, this deal appeared to be dead after Jurgen Klopp said he had no intention to sell and made the World Cup hero his club captain. But rumours for the German centre-back continue to swirl and given United’s defensive woes – Tyler Blackett is not the answer – a huge bid could tempt the Bundesliga side
8/10 Marco Reus - Various
One of the world’s best young players, Reus is being linked with just about every major European club. Manchester United and Liverpool appear to be leading the race in England, but Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and several other clubs would be delighted with the youngster. Reus’ cheap release clause, the cause of all the speculation, doesn’t take effect until next summer, so a big bid may tempt Dortmund to sell now
9/10 Victor Valdes - Liverpool
The former Barcelona goalkeeper is looking for a new club as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury that forced him out of the World Cup. Liverpool are looking for a new goalkeeper after letting go of Pepe Reina, and Valdes would certainly provide competition for No 1 Simon Mignolet should he regain full fitness.
10/10 Danny Welbeck - Arsenal/Tottenham
The England international is a target for a number of Premier League clubs, but Manchester United are reluctant to strengthen a potential top-four rival with his departure. As a result, any destination will have to cough up a £5m just to take him on loan, while a permanent deal could be largely inflated given his homegrown status.
It has now been revealed that Louis van Gaal and the club's transfer mogul Ed Woodward offered large sums to try and bring the pair of German stars to Old Trafford.
Thomas Muller's admitted to German newspaper Bild that he said no thanks to an "astronomical" offer made by United.
"I knew that I would have earned more money," he said when asked about a United offer. "The sums from other clubs which circulated had been astronomical.
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"I can just say: a transfer for me was never an option. FC Bayern is my club."
Van Gaal was the man to give Muller his Bayern debut as a 19-year-old and since then the Germany striker has risen to become one of the world's best goalscorers. His five goals helped Germany win the World Cup in Brazil and he scored 26 goals in all competitions last season as Pep Guardiola's team won the league and cup double.
Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus is one of the hottest properties in Europe, after it was revealed he will be able to leave for just £20m next summer because of a release clause in his contract.
The 25-year-old scored 23 goals for Dortmund last season, mainly playing from the left, but missed the World Cup because of injury.
Atletico Madrid are one of the clubs to have been linked with Reus, but club president Enrique Cerezo rubbished those claims, stating that Manchester United had tried and failed with a bigger bid than the Spanish champions could muster.
"I don’t know where the Marco Reus rumour came from. It’s a player who, at this time, is impossible to us," he said.
"Look, he had an offer for a lot of money from Manchester United and he has not gone… we will not sign him with a lesser offer."
United are set for a frenzied end to the transfer window after defeat against Swansea, where Van Gaal was forced to hand debuts to two youngsters, exposed the paucity of his squad.
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