As we approached deadline day last month the tabloids were flooded with speculation that Manchester United were poised to make a £25million bid for Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos
Rumours have been rife all season that the German international has doubts over extending his stay at the Allianz Arena, feeling rather unappreciated as an ever-present element in the Bayern midfield.
Last term, Kroos contributed nine goals to his side’s Bundesliga and Champions League title hauls, and this season he’s averaged 3 tackles, 2.8 shots and 1.7 key passes per match in Europe, with a pass success rate of 96%, giving you some idea of how crucial the midfielder has been over the last 18 months for the German champions.
And in January, the Bavarians management got rather nervous about the 24 year-old’s future as he entered the final 18 months of his current contract, with Pep Guardiola nonchalantly remarking ‘here today, gone tomorrow’, when quizzed on Kroos’s apparent availability.
The transfer window may have come to a close but the 41-times capped Germany midfielder’s contract dispute remains. The tabloids believe he wants a wage increase to £150k per-week, but the Allianz outfit’s iron-fisted grip on club finances is well known, and there’s certainly no guarantees that Bayern will oblige Kroos’s demands.
With that in mind, a summer departure is looking increasingly likely when the midfielder will have just a year left on his current deal, signalling a sharp depreciation in value and the chances of a bosman move in 2015.
Unless Bayern wrap up contract negotiations by the end of June, Manchester United will undoubtedly attempt to test the European champions’ resolve, and last month’s speculation of a £25million offer could become a reality.