Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos has been linked with a move to Manchester United frequently over the past few months.
Stories circulated with reports of the German international and Bayern unwilling to come to a compromise in Kroos’ wage demands over a new deal. Te situation quickly escalated when Manchester United boss David Moyes was pictured speaking to his agent and the player himself threw a mild tantrum at being substituted.
Since then, the 24.year-old has been playing at the top of his game and his performance against Arsenal during their Champions League victory at the Emirates was evidence of his undeniable ability.
In a report published by German paper Bild last month, the Bayern Munich players’ wages were released, and it became apparent why Kroos felt he was undervalued. His reported earnings of €4.5m a year meant he was the 15th highest earner – less than Rafinha and Daniel van Buyten.
With Manchester United offering Rooney a new bumper £300,000 a week contract, it shows the intent the Red Devils are willing to offer and how much they appreciate their top players.
Further news has come out of Germany and within the Kroos camp as his brother Felix Kroos openly admitted - perhaps by accident - that Old Trafford remains a possible destination for the Bayern star. In light of this information, respected journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft believes if United want to finally land their man, it has to be now, Tweeting:
IF Moyes thinks he has a chance to get Kroos he has to "go for it" NOW. I got a feeling Bayern will do all they can to keep him WorldClass— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) marzo 3, 2014
Could this be Manchester United’s only chance to snap him up? It would appear so. Bayern won’t risk allowing his contract to run down and the more influential he comes – especially in the Champions League – the more likely Bayern will give in and offer him a top-line salary to match the likes of Franck Ribery and club captain Philipp Lahm.
Despite the high probablility of United not being able to offer Champions League football next season, Monaco have proved that money and making a player feel wanted will always attract the top stars.
With that in mind, Toni Kroos appears to be there for the taking. However, for David Moyes, it is fast approaching a now or never situation.
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