Arsenal have reportedly joined Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, according to reports in the Express.
The German international has emerged as a top target for Manchester United, with incoming manager Louis van Gaal having been linked with a move for the attacker.
The report states that Arsenal have joined the fight for the 24 year old amid speculation that he has grown disillusioned with life at the Allianz Arena. The Gunners are believed to be watching closely and have even asked to be kept informed of the situation ahead of a possible three-way bidding war for the player.
Muller, who has scored 13 goals in 30 Bundesliga appearances this season, has spent his entire career with the Bavarian club but has grown impatient with manager Pep Guardiola. It is said that Guardiola has failed to show faith in the forward, leaving him on the bench during crucial games.
He recently denied suggestions that he was ready to part ways with boyhood club Bayern but did admit that he was unable to make any guarantees regarding his long term future. He said:
I didn’t make these rumours up myself, so I don’t particularly want to comment on them too much, but I’m definitely not about to jump ship at Bayern.
That said, I can’t make any guarantees for all time.
Meanwhile, Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer has warned the club that they must do everything in their power to ensure Muller does not leave. He said:
Regarding Thomas Müller, FC Bayern should fight [to keep him], if he actually has plans [to leave].
Bayern must do ??everything possible to keep Muller. Only if he refuses categorically to stay, would we have to find another solution.
He is a versatile player who can play in many roles mainly central or wide of the attack. He has all the attributes of a world-class player as he is strong, powerful and has great finishing ability. His work-rate is tremendous and will contribute defensively too. He’s not just a driving wide forward, incisive play-maker, or a defensive winger – instead, but a combination of all three.
It is being reported that he is likely to leave in search of regular football at the top level and Arsenal can offer something the Red Devils can’t next season- Champions League football. Whether or not this influences Muller’s decision is unclear, although at this stage there are few indications that Bayern Munich plan to sell the player.
He is valued at around £35 million and if Wenger does go and get his man, it would be a dream attacking line-up for the Gunners. The likes of Ozil, Muller, Ramsey, Walcott and Wilshere makes your mouth water, and the Germans versatility makes him an even more exciting acquisition. He’s scored many vital goals, including dominating for Germany in the World Cup and at the Euro’s, as well as leading the line for Bayern.
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