Toni Kroos

The Toni Kroos rumours were hard to take at face value when first aired in January, but Louis Van Gaal’s potential arrival at Old Trafford gives them a whole new meaning.

Manchester United have been courting the Bayern Munich star over last few months, as he continues to hold out for a pay-rise at the Allianz Arena, with his current contract set to expire in 2015.

Being one of the most technically gifted central midfielders in Europe, this term recording a pass success rate of 95% in the Champions League, and having also claimed three Bundesliga titles, a Champions League title and 42 caps for Germany at just 24 years of age, the Die Mannschaft playmaker’s quality and creativity is exactly what the Manchester United engine room desperately needs ahead of next season.

Many have alleged that Kroos has been using the Red Devils’ reported interest as leverage around the negotiating table, as the Bavarians board continue to hold out on a bump in salary.

But having issued the German international his senior debut for FCB back in the 2010/11 campaign after an impressive 18-month loan spell with Bayer Leverkusen, Van Gaal’s presence at Carrington drastically improves United’s chances of luring Kroos to England this summer.