Chelsea have lodged a late £19.9m offer for Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos in a bid to snatch him away from Real Madrid’s grasp, according to reports from The Metro.

The German playmaker was a target for Manchester United until recently, but once it became apparent to the Red Devils that they may be unable to lure him across to Old Trafford, their interest cooled.

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Since then Real have moved into pole position, and are thought to be close to snapping up the Germany international – who has just 12 months to run on his contract.

But now it is understood that Chelsea have weighed in with a late offer in a bid to steal him away.

Jose Mourinho’s proposal matches that of Los Blancos – his former club – and it may now be down to the player to make the decision.

Kroos could net a £125,000-per-week salary at Chelsea.

The move would come as somewhat of a surprise, with the Blues having already snapped up Cesc Fabregas this summer.

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