Man United can’t afford to waste £40m on this star in January

Despite showing some improved signs in front of goal across their last few outings, the 2015/16 campaign has ultimately been a far cry from a successful, entertaining spectacle at Old Trafford this term.

Louis van Gaal is yet to convince the English footballing community that he has what it takes to thrive in the Premier League, the Red Devils still fail to play the attacking free-flowing football their fans have so desperately been craving in 2015/16, and with the likes of Leicester City, West Ham and Tottenham all vying for place in the top-four this season, Manchester United still have it all to do.

However, with Real Madrid reportedly making their ball-playing midfield maestro Toni Kroos available for a shock move away from the Bernabeu this January, could van Gaal’s apparent interest in the German international help this unconvincing Man United outfit re-establish their dominance within the Premier League?

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If his prior form among the European footballing circuit is to offer anything to go by, maybe the potential signing of Toni Kroos could prove a very effective one down at Old Trafford in 2015/16.

The current Real Madrid star has certainly impressed in the Spanish capital, and as the 26-year-old midfielder played a massive role in Germany’s triumph at the 2014 World Cup two summers ago, this is a player who knows what it takes to succeed at club level, as well as on the international scene.

Via his composed style in the middle of the park, sharp intelligence all across the pitch and undoubted ability to change the momentum of certain matches, Toni Kroos would most definitely improve the current Man United squad.

However, even though some Red Devils fans would admittedly want to see the former Bayern man arrive at their club this January, Louis van Gaal arguably doesn’t require the services of Toni Kroos right in the here and now.

The enigmatic Dutchman has had enough trouble fitting in the likes of Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick this term of course – and as Manchester United already play host to a like-for-like alternative for Kroos in the shape of Bastian Schweinsteiger, this is a deal that would best be avoided at Old Trafford.

United arguably should have signed the 26-year-old midfielder instead of the ageing Schweinsteiger last summer, but since that didn’t happen, Louis van Gaal must make do with the current midfield options at his disposal, especially as Real Madrid have reportedly set a £40.5million price tag on the services of Toni Kroos this January.

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But even though the current star of the Bernabeu obviously represents one of the most impressive talents in world football at the moment, Manchester United need to point the vast majority of their resources towards signing a recognised centre-forward before the close of the January transfer window.

If the club fail to do so, then scoring goals throughout the rest of the campaign will continue to prove frustrating for the Old Trafford faithful.

So even if the Red Devils hierarchy have seemingly proved less than cautious when it comes to signing big money targets in the past, Manchester United simply can’t afford to be wasteful with their cash this time around, for Toni Kroos just isn’t needed by the club this January.