German football expert on Manchester United speculation - Kroos wanted more money

Mario Götze, Germany National Football Team

Bundesliga ‘expert’ Raphael Honigstein has asserted his belief that Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos was never interested in joining Manchester United but rather something else…

The German journalist spoke candidly with talkSPORT on the subject of Manchester United’s interest in the 24-year-old Germany international – United boss David Moyes had been pictured earlier on this week in discussion with Kroos’ agent Sashca Breese on a scouting trip in Germany.

Clearly Moyes had some business being there talking to Kroos’ agent who is also the agent of Marco Reus.

What was not as widely reported is that Breese is also the agent of Bayern Munich’s summer signing midfielder Mario Gotze which is where it becomes interesting.

"Toni Kroos has a contract which runs until 2015 and Bayern Munich are trying hard to re-negotiate,” Honigstein said.

“He has the same agent as Mario Gotze. There’s a lot of envy there because Gotze is probably on double the money Kroos is.”

Gotze is reported to have signed a deal this summer when he signed for the Bundesliga champions from Borussia Dortmund worth €7 million a year. He is three years youngter than his Bayern Munich and Germany colleague Kroos who earns a reported £70,000 a week, which equates to roughly €4.4 million per year.

“The assumption in Munich is that they will find an agreement though,” he added.

“The link with Man United has come at a good time for Kroos and his agent because they can force Bayern to go a little bit higher in their contract offer.”

If Kroos did in fact intend to stay in Munich until the summer when he’ll be entering the final 12 months on his current deal and be in a better position to agree a ‘bumper’ deal then what was David Moyes doing in Germany chatting to his agent?

Was Moyes being duped into think one of Breese’s clients was interested in joining United in a ploy to get Bayern to panic over their players absconding, enough to offer Toni Kroos a deal closer to that of Mario Gotze?

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