Bayern's 'Kroos replacement' could be loaned out, Manchester United shouldn't get too excited

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The midfielder who could replace Toni Kroos at Bayern, if he leaves for Manchester United, may be exiting himself - even though he is yet to arrive.

Bayern Munich's hoovering up of the best Bundesliga talent shows no sign of slowing down.

BILD reported this week that Sebastian Rode's move to the club from Eintracht Frankfurt was to go ahead on a four-year-contract.

Despite the knee injury he sustained two weeks ago, it was no surprise. Rode moving to Bayern was revealed back in January by Eintracht's president, who stated: "I knew nine months ago."

When Manchester United's interest in Toni Kroos became public in January, we ran an article speculating that central midfield star Rode, 23, was the man who would replace him should the Champions League star head to Old Trafford.

With Rode seemingly getting the green light this week for the move despite the knee injury, it certainly reinforced Bayern's position when it came to negotiations with Kroos, knowing that they had a player incoming capable of taking his place in the squad.

His injury, a damaged cartilage, does not require surgery but is expected to keep him out for several months and may see him miss the early part of next season. And from there, fighting his way into a side like Bayern's, where Bastian Schweinsteiger can be sometimes found on the bench, will be very tricky.

This has led to Frankfurt hoping they will be able to bring the former German under-21 star back on loan next season.

Kicker report manager Bruno Huebner as stating: "We are doing everything to ensure that Rode plays the next season with us., I think it would be a good combination to stay one more year with us and then strengthened to the way to Bayern Munich need, which might allow (for) both a good situation."

While he added: "It's not in our hands," in light of Rode's injury and Bayern's decision, it's a suggestion which makes a lot of sense, although Pep Guardiola may feel that getting him on board and learning in training from his system first hand will be even more beneficial.

So does this mean anything for Manchester United's pursuit of Toni Kroos? Well the report of his signing this week does not really tell us any new information. Rode's transfer to Bayern appeared done in January and was rumoured to be last summer.

Only his injury does, meaning Bayern will be on slightly less firm ground should Kroos depart, and possible loan would certainly leave them a player short even though they have plenty of options.

That may see them intensify their efforts to keep him next season, rather than being prepared to let him go.

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