Roberto Mancini sees the winger as the next piece in the puzzle to change Manchester City into a team that can challenge for major honours, and to supposedly ward off interest from the Eastlands club, reports today claim that Munich have put a £26million price tag on the player.
Muller joined Bayern Munich at 10 years of age in 2000. He became a prolific goal scorer at all levels he played at, and he started to show the potential that he possesses. He finally made his first appearance for the first team towards the end of the 2008-2009 season, he made 3 league appearances for the side and also one substitute appearance in the Champions League in which he scored.
Before the following season, Muller signed his first professional contract and he started the season on the bench for the club. He soon made the transition from bench to first team regular and started to demonstrate his fantastic ability. It was during this season that he made his breakthrough on the international stage culminating in him winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup in South Africa after scoring 5 goals and getting 3 assists. Upon returning from South Africa he signed a new contract with Bayern keeping him at the club until 2015. Muller so far has scored 34 goals in 92 appearances for the German giants.
Muller is now one of the most highly regarded players in World Football, he can play as a striker and anywhere behind a forward, ideally down the right or centrally. The huge versatility of the player is a massive asset, he is also quick thinking and has excellent decision making skills. His ability to pick passes makes him a great creative talent and his finishing is also superb meaning he can also be a prolific goal scorer. He is reasonably quick and strong which would also help him succeed in the more physical Premier League.
The reports state that Mancini has been interested in the German for a while, and it now remains to be seen whether they decide to follow up that interest over the Summer. A valuation of £26million seems fair for the extremely talented 21 year old, however it remains to be seen whether Munich would agree to sell. Their track record of keeping hold of players such as Franck Ribery may mean that any deal to secure Muller could be difficult, and there is also doubt over whether the player would fancy the move.
It would obviously be a great signing for City and he would offer a lot to the team, he would fit in well with the sides already high quality collection of attacking talents. This competition for places however may not be a particularly attractive proposition for the player who might prefer to stay at Bayern where he is guaranteed first team appearances and bags of trophies.
If Manchester City could pull this one off it would be fantastic for the team and Premier League, but I see this one as pretty unlikely at this point, but we all now how quickly things can change in football.
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