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Transfer News: Louis van Gaal failed to bring Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller to Manchester United in 2015 as his wife blocked the move

According to transfer news from BILD journalist Christian Falk (h/t The Sun), Louis van Gaal failed to bring Bayern Munich ace Thomas Muller to Manchester United in 2015 as his wife blocked the move.

The German superstar is still playing at the top of his game, despite turning 32 in September. He has been a Bayern faithful for the longest time and helped them to UCL glory in 2013 and 2020. However, the latter might not have happened had he joined Man United in 2015.

Then the United manager Louis van Gaal was interested in recruiting the playmaker’s services. He had already signed Bastian Schweinsteiger, and adding Muller would have been a huge boost. 

Louis van Gaal was interested in signing Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller in 2015 but his wife blocked the move. (imago Images)
Louis van Gaal was interested in signing Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller in 2015 but his wife blocked the move. (imago Images)

The Dutch manager recently revealed the incident to BILD journalist Christian Falk. Van Gaal explained to the reporter (h/t The Sun):

“I tried to bring Muller to Manchester both in the 2014/2015 season and in the 2015/2016 season. In 2015 it would have been possible if his wife had been a little more open to a transfer abroad. 

“At least that was the reason Thomas gave my assistant Marcel Bout, who had had all the conversations with him, why the transfer had been rejected.”

Louis van Gaal also offered Thomas Muller a £16.7million salary to sign for Manchester United. (imago Images)
Louis van Gaal also offered Thomas Muller a £16.7million salary to sign for Manchester United. (imago Images)

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In fact, the Red Devils also made a bid upwards of £84million. The German international was also going to be compensated well with a £16.7million salary. However, his wife blocked the secret transfer, and her husband remained at the Allianz Arena.

Since then, he has renewed his deal twice and found success at the Allianz Arena, which only builds upon his 2014 FIFA World Cup with the Germany national team. However, for the Old Trafford outfit, it is a case of ‘what could have been’.