German press: Departure of £28m United target Kroos most likely, talks shelved

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Manchester United target Toni Kroos is rated at 50/50 to move on this summer.

Manchester United were linked strongly with a bid for German midfielder Toni Kroos on transfer deadline day, but any move will now have to wait until the summer.

The German has fallen out of favour slightly at Bayern Munich thanks to the form of Thiago Alcantara and his apparent refusal to sign a new deal has the club perturbed.

He in fact has joined a small number of key players at the club who the club would like to tie down to new deals, yet the German press rate him as most likely to depart due to his tough stance.

Kroos attempted to address the rumours on his Facebook page yesterday, but he notably did not commit his future at the club, simply stating he was focused on playing for Bayern for now and would sort out the rest at the end of the season.

German newspaper BILD report that the talks have officially been shelved until the summer, with Kroos wanting pay equal to last summer's blockbuster signing Mario Gotze.

Amid his demands and the lack of progress of the talks, the newspaper rates him as one of the slimmest prospects in terms of contract renewals.

He joins Arjen Robben and Dante as players the club want to tie down, but the paper assess that he is most likely of the trio to depart.

They rate Robben at 9/10 to renew, Dante at 8/10, while not very confidently, they edgily predict Kroos to just be 5/10 to stay at Bayern Munich next season.

With rival clubs Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all claimed to be in the race, each may deduce they therefore have a 1 in 10 chance of signing the German international.

However with David Moyes having made personal contact with the player's agent already, perhaps United will be a little more confident than that. 

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