Bayern have already signed replacement for Toni Kroos, Manchester United target

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Manchester United's prospective transfer deal for Toni Kroos now or in the summer is aided by the fact Bayern Munich have already signed a replacement.

Pep Guardiola's super confident 'here today, gone tomorrow' quote regarding players and their contracts came with the attitude of a manager who is already prepared for any eventuality.

The Bayern boss was talking about Toni Kroos and his contract winding down amid interest from Manchester United, but he has a potential replacement signed up already.

Guardiola is a manager who famously believes in his system being a success, rather than the players alone - and his next addition will be able to slot just into Kroos' place in the team.

Just earlier this month, Bayern's signing of Sebastian Rode was confirmed by his current club Eintracht Frankfurt.

The 23-year-old was a regular in Germany's under-21 side, and the move to Bayern is the one to take his game to the next level.

12 months ago, Kroos and Rode would have seemed like different players, the latter a more defensive minded and deep lying midfielder, and Kroos one who plays in attacking areas.

This season under Guardiola, Kroos has been converted into playing a deeper role, and when Rode arrives in the summer, Kroos is one of the players he will be competing with for position.

He provides extra depth in the Bayern squad from next season, and gives the Bundesliga champions less reason to worry should Kroos leave. Already they have Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara and Bastian Schweinsteiger competing for position, while Phillip Lahm's conversion to a defensive midfielder has made competition for places all for more intense.

It certainly means Bayern already have an ace up their sleeve in negotiations over a contract with Kroos, and will not be held to ransom.

United are reportedly ready to double his £70,000 a week wages, and a move to the Red Devils where he can be the main man has to be appealing.

It's just a question of with Rode not arriving until the summer, Bayern would hold off on any Kroos departure now and resist selling.

Yet whether David Moyes makes his move for Kroos on deadline day (a difficult task and not one Kroos is said to favour) or in the summer, Bayern's most recent midfield addition means Guardiola's 'here today, gone tomorrow' phrase could well be apt.

As he moves his players around the pitch like pieces in a game of high-speed chess, the Spaniard has no problem swapping one for another should the circumstances arise - as illustrated by his addition of Robert Lewandowski, putting Mario Mandzukic's future in doubt.

Ruthless, yet when you manage a club as rich and illustrious as Bayern, who enjoy such dominance in the Bundesliga, players are just replaceable commodities.

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