By DAN KARELL
Manchester United has been quiet in the transfer market so far this summer, but manager Louis Van Gaal is reportedly ready to make a big splash.
According to reports in Germany, Man United has approached Bayern Munich over the transfer of Thomas Müller. Some reports claim that Man United would offer €82 million in exchange for the World Cup champion, while others state that there will be a transfer fee plus Angel Di Maria heading to Bavaria.
Regardless of the price, Man United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward reportedly met recently with Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Müller and Bayern manager Pep Guardiola got into a heated argument during Bayern’s first day of preseason training on Monday, but according to reports in Munich, the pair were back on good terms at training on Tuesday.
Here are some more stories to kick off your Tuesday:
CASILLAS COULD LEAVE REAL MADRID FOR PORTO
Spanish National Team and Real Madrid legend could be leaving Spain this summer.
According to Spanish publication Marca, Casillas is on the verge of sealing a free transfer to FC Porto. If he joined Porto, the report states he would be offered a two-year contract worth €10 million with an option year that’s triggered if he plays at least 30 matches in his second season.
The reports of Casillas’ potential exit come on the heels of a summer’s worth of transfer speculation that Manchester United’s David De Gea will return to Spain and Madrid, and sign with Rafa Benitez’s Real Madrid.
INTEREST IN SOCCER IN RUSSIA AT AN ALL-TIME LOW
Just three years before they host the World Cup, soccer seems to be low on the overall sporting totem-pole in Russia.
According to a poll administered by state-run VTsIOM (Russian Public Opinion Research Center), 73 percent of Russians say that they’re “indifferent” to soccer. According to the research compiled, it’s a 30 percentage point rise in the last ten years. In addition, only eight percent of Russians identified as soccer fans.
In response, Russia’s sports minister blamed the poll’s results on soccer scandals in Russia, a poor domestic league, and a struggling national team.
FIFA suspended former Chilean FA president Harold Mayne-Nicholls for seven years without disclosing the reason for the suspension. (REPORT)
Adil Rami has passed his medical at Sevilla, as he nears a transfer move back to Spain from AC Milan. (REPORT)
Tottenham have signed Nabil Bentaleb to a five-year contract extension. (REPORT)
Arsenal have re-signed Mikel Arteta to a one-year contract. (REPORT)
Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan is set to complete a transfer move to Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League. (REPORT)
In an 2016 Summer Olympics qualifying tournament, the Federal States of Micronesia suffered a 46-0 defeat at the hands of Vanuatu. (REPORT)
What do you think of these reports? Do you see Man United breaking the bank for Müller? Should they do everything they can to sign him? Do you think Casillas should leave Real Madrid?
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