Manchester United apparently tried to do everything possible to sign Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller during the summer transfer window, according to super agent Giovanni Branchini (via Daily Mail).
The 26-year-old ended up staying with the Bundesliga giants, despite rumours of a £71m bid from the Red Devils, but Branchini claims that United put some serious effort in to bring him to Old Trafford.
In a special Q&A feature on Italian publication Calciomercato.com, Branchini was asked to reveal a secret, to which he replied:
“Manchester United wanted Thomas Muller at all costs.”
“I’ve spent days trying to explain Bayern Munich would never let him leave – so in the end they changed their mind.”
Branchini also claimed that thanks to mega money TV deals, even mid-table teams are able to compete financially with big Italian sides.
“English football is growing up very fast and it’s not good for Italian football,” he said.
“For example, it could be more and more complicated to buy not only the biggest stars like Neymar but the second or third level too.
“At this moment Sunderland or Aston Villa can spend as well as Juventus or Milan do, because of the TV rights.”