Report: Manchester United Interested in Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller in January

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2019

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 19: Thomas Mueller of FC Bayern Muenchen on the bench, looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and FC Bayern Muenchen at WWK-Arena on October 19, 2019 in Augsburg, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Thomas Muller from Bayern Munich in January.

Sport Bild's Christian Falk reported as much on Twitter:

Christian Falk @cfbayern

According to our Information @ManUtd is interested in a Transfer of @esmuellert_ in Winter @SPORTBILD @FCBayern

Per Ryan Taylor of the Express, United have been linked with Muller in the past, with the club said to have failed in an attempt to sign him in 2015.

The 30-year-old has started just three of Bayern's eight Bundesliga matches this season and one of their three UEFA Champions League games.

Falk reported earlier in October that Muller is eyeing an exit from the club in the winter:

B/R Football @brfootball

Thomas Muller wants to leave Bayern Munich in the winter transfer window, according to @cfbayern https://t.co/BeAc6hbPB4

The player himself has dropped hints he would look at a move away if his situation does not improve:

Goal @goal

Thomas Muller has responded to the rumours 👀 "If the coaching staff see me as a sub in the future, I will have to think about my situation. "I'm too ambitious to not do that." https://t.co/jyHOjKOMZ3

Muller has spent his entire career with Bayern, contributing 186 goals and 173 assists in 497 senior matches.

His efforts have contributed to eight Bundesliga titles, five DFB-Pokals and the UEFA Champions League.

He also helped win the 2014 FIFA World Cup for Germany, with whom he has 38 goals in 100 appearances.

The forward was at his peak when the links to United were at their strongest. From the 2012-13 campaign to the 2015-16 season, he scored 102 goals and assisted 61 for Bayern.

Football writer Kaustubh Pandey isn't convinced Muller—who has only reached double figures for goals once since 2015-16—would be the best option for the Red Devils at this point:

Kaustubh Pandey @Kaus_Pandey17

There is nothing wrong in United signing a player like Thomas Muller. Still a quality player. But not the sort United need. He's 30 and the sort of declining 'superstar' players that Woodward will love because it will boost the jersey sales. There are better options out there.

Squawka's Muhammad Butt suggested he could be a shrewd addition:

Muhammad Butt @muhammadbutt

@alexdavis_16 yeah but if he's looking for a new home he'd find it at United. he's also the ideal experienced striker to lead all the young lads United have. his skill-set compliments them too.

Muller only turned 30 in September, so he could still have several more years at the top level.

However, his contributions have been diminishing in recent years, hence his situation at the Allianz Arena.

If United could coax him back to his best form, he could be an enormous asset, but he'd be something of a gamble.