Once upon a time, there was this kid who played in Germany. He played a few games for England out of position and got booed. Then he played in his preferred role and everyone loved him. Including Manchester United, who have now been told by Bayern Munich that will consider selling Owen Hargreaves for less than Â£20m.
Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer told German newspaper Bild that if an offer of that size was tabled "we would have to think about it".
Beckenbauer added: "That is a figure that would allow us to be active in the transfer market."
Hargreaves has only just been told that he is not ready to return to full training as he recovers from a nasty broken leg. which he sustained in a league match against Arminia Bielefeld in September.
Hargreaves had hoped to return to full training with his Bayern team-mates, who are on a training camp in Dubai, but it seems a more realistic time for return is the latter stages of this month due to tests on his leg revealing that the healing process was not as advanced as previously predicted. Hargreaves has been repeatedly linked with ManYoo since the World Cup, with the player admitting he would relish a move to Old Trafford.
Bayern, in an attempt to look after a player than had grown from the youth ranks, had previously stated that they would not sell a play who last season signed a contract to keep him at the club until 2010.
Kaiser Beckenbauer added: "It is normal to want to keep a player who has just extended his contract and who only wants to join another club because they will pay him better."
Hargreaves has always maintained that his desire to play in the Premiership is not motivated by money.
The England midfielder said: "It’s about the opportunity to possibly play in another league I haven’t played in before, which is also the country I represent and where my family lives. It’s not like I’m saying I want to go to AC Milan or Inter Milan because they’re offering me more money. It’s because it’s England and because Britain is where my family is. My parents and my brothers are in Canada, but the whole of my dad’s side of the family is in Bolton and my mum’s side is in Rhyl. I think some people don’t realise that. They think I’m half-German or something, but I’m not. I was brought up by a British family." [Mof Gimmers]