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Bayern Munich CEO Rejects Thomas Müller Transfer Rumors to Manchester United

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He uses the perfect analogy in order to show how ridiculous he thinks the rumor is.

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge squashed rumors linking Thomas Müller with Manchester United in his hotel press conference on Thursday in Guangzhou, and he did so in the most emphatic way he possibly could.

"That is a duck that took flight in Munich, but then sunk in the Pacific," said Rummenigge. "There is nothing there. There are players that have no price-etiquette. We would quit in all good spirits if we gave up such a player."

Reports from Bild and Sport1 earlier this week suggested Manchester United would bid €100 million for Thomas Müller in order to pry him from Bayern's clutches. The Guardian also reported the Red Devils would pay £265,000 per week (roughly €19.4 million per year) in order to tempt the 25-year-old to switch crests. This rumor came a week after Bastian Schweinsteiger completed his €20 million move to Manchester, ending a 17-year stay with the Bavarian club.

Bayern have never sold a player for more than a €30 million fee, and that fee belongs to Toni Kroos in a transfer to Real Madrid resulting after Bayern could not extend his contract. The last time Bayern sent two players to England in the same summer was in the summer of 2007, when the club sent Owen Hargreaves to Manchester United and Roque Santa Cruz to Blackburn Rovers.