Thomas Muller has told Bayern Munich chiefs he wants to leave in January.
The 30-year-old has won eight Bundesliga titles and a Champions League trophy since making his Bayern debut in 2008.
But German outlet Bild claim Muller is unhappy with his lack of playing time and has asked for permission to quit.
The forward has started just three of Bayern’s seven Bundesliga games this season and was an unused substitute in
last week’s 7-2 thrashing of Tottenham in the Champions League.
He is behind Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Philippe Coutinho in the pecking order at the Allianz Arena.
First team action hasn’t been as regular as Muller (centre) would like
Muller has been integral to Bayern’s success over the past decade, scoring 110 goals in 325 Bundesliga games.
He has been linked with moves to the
Premier League throughout his career, with
Manchester United and Liverpool keen in the past.
The Red Devils were reportedly chasing him in 2014, but he is thought to have turned them down, though the Premier League club say they never made an offer.
“Yes, I knew I could earn more by moving,” Muller said when asked about United’s bid for him. “The figures that foreign clubs were talking about for me were astronomical. I can only say: a change was never really an issue for me anyway. FC Bayern is my club.”
Now, it is not of the question he will make his long-awaited move to England.
United are in desperate need of attacking firepower, with Marcus Rashford and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood their only options up front at the moment.
Anthony Martial started the season playing through the middle, but is currently sidelined with a thigh injury.
Last month, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed signing a striker in January is a priority.
He said: “When we let Alexis [Sanchez] and Romelu [Lukaku] go, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that it’s forwards that next time we’re going to recruit.
“We’re looking for some creativity and goals.
“But there’s no point getting players in that you’re not 100 per cent sure about because when you get players in, you need the right ones that are going to stay here for a longer period.
“That’s the long-term thinking that we have to show.”