The 24-year-old German international failed to rule out a departure from the Bundesliga champions this week, after images of his agent in discussion with Manchester United manager David Moyes emerged.
Speculation that the playmaker has plans to join the Premier League champions or their rivals Chelsea ensued with the Blues rumoured to have told Bayern Munich to 'name their price', culminating in his manager Pep Guardiola conceding he could be on his way out of the European champions before the transfer deadline on Friday.
Should the Red Devils or the Blues be able to agree a deal to bring the Germany star to the Premier League, they would be acquiring a talent that has so far this term surpassed that of Arsenal’s record summer signing Mesut Ozil.
His compatriot arrived for £42.4m in September and has since fired the Gunners up to the top of the table this term with his four goals and nine assists in 18 league appearances.
However, statistically his young countryman is the better passer – Ozil has achieved an 87.6% completion rate in the league this term with Arsenal. Toni Kroos has an astonishing 91.8% pass completion rate at present which is not only better than Ozil’s but is a higher success rate than any midfielder in the Premier League, including United’s record signing this week Juan Mata.
Kroos also takes more shots on goal than Ozil – Kroos averages 2.2 shots per game to Ozil’s 1.3 and has successfully completed more dribbles. Kroos has gone past his man 32 times this season to Ozil’s 30 times. He has also been dispossessed less often than his elder national teammate – just 10 times this season he has been dispossessed, more than half as many times as Ozil’s 24 times.
Kroos has an 85.1% success rate with his take-ons which is unheard of in the Premier League – even Luis Suarez rate is only 59% and in La Liga, Lionel Messi’s rate is just 77.5% which gives an idea of the kind of talent the German has.
The only question mark is, of course, whether Manchester United or Chelsea can thrash out a deal in time with just a matter of two days left of the January transfer window.
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