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Arsenal and Liverpool are ready to rival Manchester United in the race for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller.
Muller was recently forced to deny that he was on the verge of making a big-money move to United after being identified as a possible target for incoming boss Louis van Gaal.
The 24-year-old came through the youth system at Bayern and has a contract until 2017.
But Muller is thought to be unhappy with his role under Pep Guardiola, particularly after being substituted in the Champions League fixtures with Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester United this season.
And whilst the German international has stressed that he remains committed to Bayern, he would like some assurances about his role moving forward.
If he doesn't get those reports in Germany suggest that Liverpool and Arsenal would happily offer him an alternative destination, if United don't beat them to it.
However, Muller said recently: "I didn't make these rumours up myself, so I don't particularly want to comment on them too much, but I'm definitely not about to jump ship at Bayern.
"That said, I can't make any guarantees for all time."
Meanwhile, Bayern honorary president Franz Beckenbauer believes keeping Muller should be a priority for the Bundesliga club.
He said: "Regarding Thomas Müller, FC Bayern should fight [to keep him], if he actually has plans [to leave].
"Bayern must do everything possible to keep Muller. Only if he refuses categorically to stay, would we have to find another solution."