Manchester United need a new midfielder. Football may have its mysteries, but that is not one of them. What United lack is plain for all to see, and it is David Moyes’ job to ensure the hole in the middle of the park is filled as soon as possible – namely this summer.
The latest solution to the problem is Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, a 24-year-old of such sublime talent that the reports linking him with a move to Old Trafford must be taken less with a pinch and more with an entire fistful of salt.
Kroos is reportedly at something of a contract impasse with the Bundesliga club. But that should not automatically mean he is set for the exit door at the end of the current campaign.
Bayern may be full of supremely talented footballers but that Kroos remains so important highlights just how tough it will be for United to secure his services.
The latest report from the Mirror claims Kroos wants Bayern to double his current weekly wage in order for him to commit to them.
Those wages are a reported €4million-a-year, so doubling that to €8million and quickly working out the exchange rate reveals that Kroos desires (if the story is to be believed) £6.6million-a-year.
Considering the likes of Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze and Franck Ribery are said to earn considerably more than what Kroos currently takes home, it would be no surprise if he sought a pay increase. But following the reports linking United with the player, it appears they also know what they will have to pay him should a deal be agreed.
Given that Wayne Rooney has just put pen to paper on a contract that will see him bring home a reported £15.6million-a-year, what Kroos is said to be seeking is, if not pocket change, then certainly considerably less than the England striker.
Kroos’s talent, age and the importance he would have on United’s team mean paying him around £9million less a year than Rooney could be seen as a no-brainer.
Of course this could all be a ploy to get the best possible deal from Pep Guardiola’s side. But if Moyes really is in with a chance of signing one of German football’s brightest talents, he would be wise to agree to the reported wages and see if a transfer fee can be agreed.
It may be the best piece of business he does as United boss, considering the quality and importance of Kroos.
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