Arsenal were reportedly interested in buying either Thomas Muller or Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich for £50m before the Bundesliga team pulled out.
Although the report from the Daily Mail initially makes it sound as if we would have been buying both players for the large sum, it later specifies that it was an either/or situation. This fact, however, doesn’t change the fact that the claim is probably complete rubbish.
The rumour appears to stem from the fact that Muller and Lewandowski don’t factor well into Pep Guardiola’s plans. However, Muller featured in 48 matches (scoring 21 goals) last season and Lewandowski 49 (scoring 25 goals). It therefore does appear that both players are involved heavily with the team and although they may not seem to get on with the manager’s system, they’re still world class talent that he’s likely to want to keep.
Firstly, it appears we were put on alert that the forwards were available, only to be told that no, they weren’t when we expressed interest.
As I mentioned previously, although I believe it’s possible we may have inquired about either player, particularly Lewandowski who we’ve been linked with in the past, I don’t believe we would have made any serious bids.