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Pep Guardiola wants Iker Muniain to join him at Bayern

Guardiola spoke highly of Muniain when he was the coach of Barcelona. The 20-year-old has a 37.5 million euro buyout clause and is under contract with Athletic until 2015.

Pep Guardiola wants Iker Muniain to join him at Bayern

Iker Muniain has been on Bayern Munich's agenda for some time but the fact that Pep Guardiola will be coaching the Bavarian side next season could accelerate a possible move for the youngster.

According to German newspaper 'Bild', the Athletic Bilbao midfielder is on Guardiola's list of wanted players, alongside Málaga's Isco and Real Sociedad centre-half Iñigo Martínez.

The Bundesliga leaders, however, dealt with Athletic last summer when they signed Javi Martínez and are well aware that the Basques will not lower their asking price for Muniain. But, the fact that Bayern were willing to pay Martínez's buy-out clause of 40 million euros will alert Athletic fans and directors, given that Muniain's clause is 37.5 million.

Guardiola has been following the progress of Muniain for a while, and spoke highly of him when he was the coach of Barcelona. The Catalan likes intense and decisive wide players like Muniain, and it is not inconceivable that Arjen Robben could leave Bayern in the near future, as Pep is unlikely to be impressed with his individualism and the fact that he scarcely helps his team out with defensive work.

Another option is that he could use Franck Ribery as a false nine, like he did with Leo Messi, leaving another space for Muniain in a potential Bayern midfield.

Muniain has a contract with Athletic until 2015, and earns far less with his current club than he would with Bayern. However, on Wednesday the 20-year-old affirmed his commitment to the Bilbao outfit in an interview, declaring: "I am very happy here, I'm going to take advantage of every minute I get on the pitch and I hope I'll be able to stay here for many years to come."

Estadísticas AS.com