Toni Kroos isn’t particularly enjoying himself at Real Madrid.
Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague recently revealed that the 2014 World Cup winner was unhappy in the Spanish capital, and while he was pretty sketchy with the specifics, he did believe that the player would be be available in the summer.
He also dug up one of the biggest sticks that was used to beat David Moyes with by highlighting his suitability for Manchester United’s midfield:
“I do believe he wants to leave Real,
“It will be a fight for anyone to get him, but he would be ideal for Manchester United. There will be a fight for him this summer.”
Balague was certainly correct in his assertion that there would be a fight for Kroos, because French publication RMC are today reporting that Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are already in talks with the 26-year-old’s agents as they look to steal a march on any competition that might be forthcoming from England.
In fact, RMC state that discussions over a possible transfer were first instigated between the presidents of the two clubs as far back as November, when PSG met Real in the group stages of the Champions League – a game in which Kroos played the full 90 minutes.
Not to be dissuaded by this news, however, the report also alleges that Manchester City and Manchester United are to come thundering into the race any day now, with the latter willing to pay as high a price as €50m to get their man.
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Real apparently will not sell for €45million, though Man United showing their hand and instantly agreeing to pay €5m above that this early would be what most would call “peak Woodward.”
Kroos was famously one of the players that Woodward and Moyes tried to recruit when the former Everton boss succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, so it would come as no surprise to see them back in for the player if he has been made available. They are likely to lose Michael Carrick and (one would imagine) Marouane Fellaini in the summer so would be on the lookout in a big way for some new midfield talent.
Kroos actually played under current Man United boss Louis van Gaal at Bayern, though the Dutchman is not expected to be at the club next season – though he may still have an impact on any decision Kroos may make.
Likewise, Man City will have Kroos on their shortlist to replace the probably departing Yaya Touré. The club’s incoming boss, Pep Guardiola, is another of Kroos’s old Bayern managers so will also know what the player can bring to his side, and just how important he could be to the Etihad renovation project.
Kroos’s departure from the Bernabéu would apparently be part of a clearout conducted by new Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane (assuming of course that Zidane himself is not part of said clearout). Isco and James Rodríguez are two more names reportedly set to be shown the door at the club this summer (thus sparking further Premier League interest before they both inevitably rejoin ex-Real boss Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern).
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