Ed Woodward is ready to get the Manchester United cheque book out again (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United will be trying to do big business in January after Ed Woodward sanction a £125m raid on Germany for Thomas Muller and Kai Havertz.
The Red Devils have long been linked with Bayern Munich striker Muller, while they have recently been scouting 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen sensation Havertz.
They are now ready to move for both thanks to the executive vice-chairman giving the green light to significant investment, according to the Mirror.
Havertz burst onto the scene as a teenager in 2016 and has become one of the most sought after talents in European football after his fantastic goal-scoring form from midfield.
Kai Havertz is one of the most exciting young talents in Europe (Picture: Getty Images)The youngster scored 20 goals last season and has already notched three this campaign for Leverkusen.
After his stellar 2018-19 season, the Germany international was linked with a host of big clubs across the continent, and admitted that he may well leave his current side next summer.
‘I’m happy to be here and stay in Leverkusen for another year. We’ll see what will happens next summer,’ Havertz told Sky in Germany in September.
Leverkusen want around £85m for their prized asset, but United are seemingly willing to meet that asking price.
Muller, 30, is not the guaranteed starter he used to be at Bayern Munich and would be available if the right bid came in.
Thomas Muller has long been linked with Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)The veteran has not hit double figures in terms of goals in the Bundesliga since 2015-16, but is still appealing to the Old Trafford hierarchy who are looking to improve their forward line.
The World Cup winner was asked recently about his future and was dismissive of the transfer talk, saying: ‘I try to focus on playing football and gradually all the speculation will die down a bit.’
Ex-Bayern manager Ottmar Hitzfeld says it is hard to see the forward leaving Bayern, but would not rule out an exit.
‘Thomas Muller at another club is hard to imagine for me. He is an absolute identification figure for Bayern,’ he told Goal.
‘He has played there since he was small and has matured into a world-class player, has won many titles.
‘But in the end it is his decision if he wants to do something else. You have to respect that.’
Both would be major signings for the Red Devils, but Havertz would certainly be the more significant given his potential to become one of the biggest stars in world football, if his trajectory continues.
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