According to the Daily Mail, the Premier League’s current top four have joined Manchester United in their pursuit of £25m Bayern Munich forward Toni Kroos.
The German international has already been linked with a move to the Red Devils – with many wondering whether David Moyes could pull off another spectacular late transfer window deal.
Toni Kroos’ future at the reigning German and European champions looks in question following a disputed contract situation.
The 24-year-old’s current deal runs out in 2015, and it is widely reported that Kroos wishes to more than double his £60,000 a week to around £150,000 – putting him towards Bayern’s elite earners Phillip Lahm, Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
German legend Günter Netzer has already hit out at the star – believing that fame, wealth and success can be achieved at Bayern without ridiculously high wages.
The former Real Madrid player also went on to say that Bayern weren’t going to give in to players’ demands – and as a result are willing to make an example of Kroos to demonstrate their authenticity.
Perhaps the German giants have already started to comply with their reported warnings – as Toni Kroos found himself amongst the substitutes for the first time in two months during Bayern’s 5-0 hammering of Eintracht Frankfurt during Sunday’s Bundesliga game at the Allianz Arena.
Should Kroos and Bayern reach the summer with no new deal agreed, the Mail go on to illustrate that Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool will all declare their hand and try and persuade the German to join the Premier League – by preparing to match his wage demands.
With Robert Lewandowski set to join in the summer, plus a deal for Arsenal target Julian Daxler a possibility, Bayern Munich evidently have enough quality and quantity in the forward positions to cover for the potential loss of Toni Kroos – a factor which may become decisive this summer.
Which Premier League club linked with Toni Kroos would lead the race for his signature remains to be seen. However, if Champions League football is a priority, barring a remarkable turn-around in the second half of the season, initial front-runners Manchester United will find themselves firmly at the back of the queue.
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