Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller has reportedly rejected the chance to become Manchester United's joint-highest earner alongside Wayne Rooney.
According to Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star, the Red Devils' latest attempt to prise the German away from Bayern involves being prepared to offer him a staggering £300,000 per week—the same pay packet enjoyed by the club captain, per BBC Sport.
Nevertheless, Muller "has snubbed a summer move" to Old Trafford. Per the report, Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer said: "Thomas has assured us he wants to continue at Bayern."
Indeed, the forward proved that in December when he signed a lengthy new deal to stay at the club:
Thomas Müller @esmuellert_
I`m proud and happy to tell you that i have extended my contract at @FCBayern until 30.06.2021 #esmuellert #FCB https://t.co/X3AwouYtlQ2015-12-18 11:42:42
Bleacher Report UK noted it was a blow to United's ambitions—and their fans' hopes:
Bleacher Report UK @br_uk
When wishful Manchester United fans hear that Thomas Müller signed a new Bayern Munich contract. https://t.co/6h0ZHdUjvC2015-12-18 12:11:39
Football writer Liam Canning hoped the rumours linking the club with Muller would finally cease, but Sky Germany's Jan Aage Fjortoft did not believe they would:
Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning
New contract for Thomas Müller at Bayern, according to SportBild. Let that be the end of the rumours linking him with United. Please.2015-12-18 10:44:33
Jan Aage Fjortoft @JanAageFjortoft
Thomas Müller has just extended his contract at Bayern till 2021. Will probably still be linked to PL this weekend https://t.co/tzO2hpwuCn2015-12-18 11:01:22
Indeed, unfortunately for Canning, the links have persisted—perhaps due to United's refusal to give up in their pursuit of the star.
Due to the exploits of team-mate Robert Lewandowski and Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the 26-year-old has slightly flown under the radar this season but has racked up an incredible 21 goals—equalling his total for the entirety of last season—and six assists already.
The World Cup winner's work rate, finishing and unrivalled ability to find and exploit space makes him one of the deadliest in world football today, and he could undoubtedly revamp the Red Devils' ailing forward line, not to mention capitalise on many of the poor defences currently on show in the Premier League.
However, it's clear he is fully committed to remaining in Munich, where he has spent his entire career. Rumours may well persist, but unless Muller personally and vocally admits he's eager to move, it's not likely to happen at all.