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By ESPN Staff
Aug 17, 2006

Hargreaves to hold showdown talks with Bayern

Owen Hargreaves is to hold talks with Bayern Munich in the next few days to reiterate his desire to sign for Manchester United, according to the player's agent.

Bayern have so far insisted the England international is not for sale, and have no intention of losing another midfielder after seeing Michael Ballack sign for Chelsea this summer.

However, Hargreaves' agent Roman Grill believes the player's wishes must also be considered.

'It is not a question of whether the club want to discuss a transfer, it is obvious that they need players like Owen and they don't want him to leave, but on the other hand, the player wants to talk,' Grill told PA Sport.

'Owen wants to tell the club how he sees his future.'

Hargreaves is now preparing to hold talks with Bayern after returning from international duty with England, although Grill added the 25-year-old midfielder does not want to leave Germany on bad terms.

'Owen has never had any problems with Bayern and has been here for nine years now without any complaints,' added Grill.

'The time has now come to evaluate where he is in his career.

'Maybe later (Thursday) he will talk with the coach Felix Magath and see how he views things.

'As he has already said, Owen sees this as an excellent opportunity.'

Earlier, the Bundesliga champions insisted that Hargreaves would not be heading to the Premiership.

'I have just spoken with (general manager) Uli Hoeness and he is absolutely clear that selling Owen Hargreaves is not an issue,' said Bayern press officer Markus Horwick said.

'He has recently signed a three-year contract extension and will be fulfilling that deal.'

Hargreaves, who starred at the World Cup, has admitted there was still time before the transfer window closes on August 31 to fill the hole at the base of United's midfield.

On Wednesday, he confirmed in an interview with Sport Bild magazine that United had made an offer which he would struggle to turn down.

'I have certainly played more than 200 games for Bayern and that has been a very important part of my career, but now I have got to take the next step in my development,' said the 25-year-old.

'I have more of an affinity with the Premier League now than I ever have before.'

Hargreaves, who has previously snubbed the chance to play in England when Tottenham came knocking on his door, is hopeful the Bavarian club will listen to his request to leave.

He added: 'The offer from Manchester United is fantastic. Mr Hoeness knows what an opportunity this is for me.'