Call off the search! The most unbelievable, intellectually-bankrupt transfer rumour ever peddled has been located in German tabloid Bild, although it seems they haven’t had the gumption to keep it going.
The BBC gossip column trailed the story that Bayern Munich were willing to offer Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben plus cash for Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, causing much head-scratching on fans’ forums and social media.
Di Maria may have cost the 13-time Premier League champions £59.7m from Real Madrid last summer, but after a decent beginning to life at Old Trafford last season, the Argentina regular went off the boil so badly he only started one game after early March.
Clearly there’s talent left in the 27-year-old’s Adidas boots, and the suspicion is that Louis van Gaal couldn’t figure out how to accommodate Di Maria into his preferred system during his first season in charge in the north west.
That being said, giving the Red Devils Muller and Robben plus cash would be lunacy from Bayern considering the players in question.
Muller, who’s a couple of years younger than Di Maria at 25, won the World Cup 2010 Golden Boot and was a goal away from repeating the feat last summer, when starting all seven games en route to Germany’s fifth success in the tournament.
The ‘Raumdeuter’ or ‘space finder’, as he is known in his homeland, has racked up 19-plus goal campaigns in five of the last six seasons for Bayern, bagging 13 Bundesliga strikes and ten assists under Pep Guardiola last term. The Spanish tactician would be mad to get rid of him.
As for Robben, there has been much speculation that the 31-year-old will join old Netherlands gaffer Van Gaal at Old Trafford since last summer, but that didn’t distract him from thumping home his best ever league tally of 17 goals in 2014/15, plus seven assists.
Considering the winger’s age and links with the management, this move seems more likely than Muller’s, although the fact that Robben chose Chelsea over United 11 years ago, having held seemingly-positive talks with then boss Sir Alex Ferguson, will not have been forgotten by the Old Trafford faithful.
Maybe Bayern could bear to part with him and a few quid for Di Maria due to their respective ages, if Guardiola sees a role for the Rosario native in his side, but Robben and Muller plus cash?
Don’t hold your breath.