Over the last few days, the tabloids have been flooded with reports that Manchester United could launch an audacious swoop for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos.
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.
His current deal is set to expire in summer 2015, but 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 now believed Manchester United are prepared to test the Bundesliga side’s resolve in the form of a £25million deadline day offer.
It seems a fair price considering the impact Kroos has had for the Bavarians – last term he contributed nine goals to their domestic and continental title routs, and this year he’s averaged three tackles, 2.8 shots and 1.7 key passes per match in the Champions League, with a pass completion ratio of 95%.
The 6 foot midfielder also has 41 caps for Germany under his belt, illustrating his immense experience despite being a few years off his footballing peak.
But Bayern would undoubtedly prefer to hold onto Kroos and still have 18 months to negotiate a new deal, meaning they’re by no means obliged to sell.