The immediate concern for Manchester United fans ahead of the summer window is whether David Moyes is capable of attracting major names to Old Trafford. The captures of neither Marouane Fellaini nor Juan Mata have really proved this, considering the former had never played in the Champions League before and the latter had become a spare part at Chelsea.
But one signing that would help the Scot establish his transfer market clout is Bayern Munich contract rebel Toni Kroos.
The long and short of the German international’s transfer status is that he’s refusing to extend his Allianz Arena contract past 2015 unless he receives a noteworthy pay rise, but the Bavarians are known for their stringent views on club finances and are prepared to make an example of Kroos in the summer.
The Red Devils won’t mind too much however; Kroos is just 24 years of age, but has already won Bundesliga and Champions League titles, dons 42 caps for Die Mannschaft and is regarded as one of the best central midfielders in Europe.
As important as the FCB star’s proven credentials is his immense ability on the ball – something the United engine room is desperately calling out for. From eight Champions League outings this season, he’s averaged 1.9 key passes, 2.6 tackles, 2.9 shots and 77 passes per match with a completion ratio of 92%. The 24 year-old has also found one goal and two assists in Europe.
Having started his career as an attacking midfielder but proving to be a far more potent tool in the deeper role, improving his tactical understanding and athleticism accordingly, one could make comparisons between Kroos and Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes.
According to the tabloids, the German champions could be prepared to sell for as little as £25million at the end of the season, which is an absolute steal. The big test for David Moyes however will be fighting off interest from Real Madrid and Chelsea.