Manchester United will step up their interest in Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller after Robin van Persie opened talks with Fenerbahce.
On Thursday, it was confirmed [via BBC Sport] that the Super Lig heavyweights had opened talks with the former Arsenal forward over a summer transfer to the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium – suggesting that the Netherlands striker’s Old Trafford exit was now imminent.
As a consequence of the 31-year-old’s expected leave, the Daily Star state that the Red Devils will now increase their efforts to sign Muller, and vice-chairman Ed Woodward is, according to the English newspaper, confident that a £60m bid will be accepted by the Bundesliga giants.
With van Gaal having opted not to sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis at the end of last season – with the forward since moving to Chelsea – and also now having given the green light on van Persie’s departure, the former Holland manager may be left with only Wayne Rooney and teenager James Wilson as his sole centre forwards.
With the possibility, therefore, of Rooney becoming the remaining experienced striker at the Theatre of Dreams, the Dutchman may seriously need to address his attacking firepower in the summer window.
Rather surprisingly, there have been few world-class forwards linked with United since the opening of the international market, with centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi [via the Daily Star], along with right-back Matteo Darmian [via BBC Sport], currently dominating the headlines.
The next few weeks could certainly be anxious for the Premier League giants, as not only may they face the stress of searching for a replacement of similar quality to van Persie, but they may also require a successor to Real Madrid target David De Gea [via the Mirror].