Premier League News: Arsenal vs Manchester United
Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodwork have intensified efforts to get top Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller by offering a new ₤60 million deal, the Daily Star reports. Arsenal had made moves earlier this summer to sign Muller and teammate Robert Lewandowski who are both valued at ₤100 million. The Gunners withdrew their bid when Bayern said neither of them will be sold to a Premier League club.
The Daily Mail stated that Arsene Wenger admires the duo and explored the possibility of bringing in at least one of them to the Emirates this season. But Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the CEO of Bayern, who had already allowed Bastian Schweinsteiger to go to Manchester United, said emphatically that none of their top strikers will be allowed to leave.
However, Louis van Gaal, who worked with Thomas Muller while he was at Munich is eager to bring in the German international to Old Trafford in order to take the pressure off Wayne Rooney and boost his attack. United, who have already started the season on a strong note by winning their first two matches, have re-launched their bid for Muller after being turned down twice.
The Red Devils are offering Muller a tempting ₤136,000 per week to entice him to join their team. This represents a 40 percent pay rise from the ₤5.5 million per annum the 25-year old striker is currently earning at Bayern Munich. Thomas Muller has expressed his willingness to join his former team mate Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was signed on for ₤14.4 million during the summer transfer window. But the fans at Allianz Arena are in love with Muller who scored two times within 4 minutes during Bayern’s 5-0 defeat of Hamburg in their last match.
Pep Gourdiola is ready to cash in on the new deal especially when his current systematic approach and strict handling of the team has not always being suitable for Muller and Lewandowski. But Rummenigge insists that Muller is priceless and he won’t be sold to Manchester United for any amount, particularly when he still has a 4-year contract with the club. He insists that the Bundesliga must not be pushed behind by allowing their best legs to cross over to the English Premier League.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail has hinted that Arsenal has stepped up their bid for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. Arsene Wenger is urgently in need of a world-class striker to strengthen his squad before he faces strong opposition from league title contenders like Manchester United on October 4, 2015 at the Emirates Stadium in London. (The tickets for the match can already be purchased online.)
Wenger, however, only has a very limited pool of top strikers who can add more fire power to his frontline. Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani were earlier considered and dropped partly because they were becoming more expensive and also because neither of them is in the same class as Benzema, Lewandowski, and Muller.
Arsenal’s bid for Benzema may not sail through before this transfer window is shut on September 1. Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez and team manager Rafa Benitez love the striker and have not made any new signings to replace him if he eventually decides to cross over to the Emirates.