Manchester United have been more commonly linked to Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos, but there’s no reason to suggest Arsenal can’t get in on the action.
Rumours have been rife all season that the German international holds reservations about extending his stay at the Allianz Arena, feeling rather unappreciated as an ever-present element in the Bayern midfield.
Since the summer, the 24 year-old has made 24 appearances in the Bundesliga and Champions League combined , claiming five assists and averaging 2.1 tackles, 2.4 shots and 1.3 key passes per match, with a pass completion ratio of 93%.
His current deal is set to expire in summer 2015, but Kroos is refusing to sign on the dotted line unless the Bavarians meet his £150k wage demands. The German and European champions are notorious for their stringent oversight of club finances.
Now the FCB management are getting rather nervous. Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently told Kicker; “To be honest, because the talks so far have not led to a new contract, it’s always about the money in every agreement. We are interested that Toni prolongs his contract.”
Manager Pep Guardiola has quickly followed up by stating; ” He [Kroos] is an important player, but things can move fast in football. Here today, gone tomorrow.”
It’s believed FCB could be prepared to let the midfielder leave for around £25million, significantly less than the Gunners’ speculated swoop for Julian Draxler, despite him outranking the Schalke prodigy in terms of Champions League and international experience.
But Bayern still have 18 months to thrash out a contract arrangement with a player they’d undoubtedly prefer to keep. And any interest from the Emirates will almost certainly be rivalled by Manchester United.