Van Gaal, who coached the 24-year-old midfielder while at Bayern Munich from 2010-2011, is said to have already called Kroos about a possible switch to help bolster the Red Devils midfield.
Kroos’ contract is set to expire at the end of the upcoming season, and he is looking to earn wages that are in line with some of Bayern’s top earners. Thus far, it appears he is hesitant to stay at Bayern for anything less than that despite public claims that he will undoubtedly remain there for the upcoming season.
It should come as no surprise that United are heavily interested in acquiring Kroos, as they are hoping to improve upon their seventh place finish in the Premier League last season.
Former Man United midfielder Paul Scholes said last month that the club need “five or six” new players, with Kroos at the top of his personal wish list. Scholes, who appeared in 499 matches with the Red Devils, called Kroos “a top-class central midfielder”.
Should Bayern decide to sell Kroos rather than risk losing him for nothing after the season, United would not be the only suitors for his services. Metro also reported that Real Madrid were prepared to enter a bidding war for the German playmaker.