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Why Kroos' proposed move to Manchester United is improbable

Toni Kroos, Germany National Football Team

The Bayern Munich midfielder refused to rule out a move to the Premier League when grilled on the speculation surrounding his future at the club.

The idea of Toni Kroos entertaining a move from a Bayern Munich side leaving each and every opponent in their wake to a fallen giant in Manchester United, irrespective of the history they boast, is fanciful.

Kroos is a key component in Pep Guardiola's well-drilled side, but rumours he has yet to put pen to paper on a new contract have reportedly alerted David Moyes to the possibility of snaring one of the finest midfield technicians in world football.

The German midfielder's deal is up at the end of next season and there are palpable fears he may seek pastures new if he is unable to agree to new terms.

United's problems in the middle of the park are well-documented and the pining for reinforcements in that area on their behalf is only likely to increase this summer, with the futures of Anderson, Shinji Kagawa and Ryan Giggs all up in the air.

The acquisition of Kroos would provide United with a player like no other currently in their ranks, with the exception possibly of Juan Mata, in his ball-retention abilities and eye for goal from central areas.

His versatility, too, must surely appeal to Moyes given the trial and error experimentations he has tested in midfield so far. The Bayern man is efficient enough to play deep, as a play-maker, just in front of a defensive midfielder or just off the front-man and still be able to dictate the tempo of a match.

The value of his goal-scoring output should also not be queried, especially when examining his goal at the Emirates during Bayern's 2-0 first-leg win in the Champions League round of 16.

How United could have used such a clinical edge in front of goal as they toiled badly in defeat to a spirited Olympiakos outfit. Moyes, like Arsene Wenger, must address a two-goal deficit of his own and would surely benefit from having a world-class individual such as Kroos in his armoury.

The 24-year-old is adding fuel to the fire regarding his future and his comments in the pre-match press conference ahead of Bayern's return leg with the Gunners will have raised a few eyebrows, not least Guardiola's whom he was sat next to.

It is no secret that the Premier League is a possibility for me,” were the chosen words of Kroos as he did little to dispel the hearsay before perhaps more pertinently adding: “I will consider everything – if I should leave.”

He was quizzed on whether or not a team not in the Champions League, with United looking a distant bet for the top four at this rate, would still offer an attractive enough proposition for him and while his answer indicated as much, it seems improbable a player of his class could drop his standards to meet United's desperate requirements.

Here is a man who seems at home on the big stage, especially with his match-winning contributions in successive years against the Gunners, strutting his stuff with such a startling effortlessness, and he will be pivotal in Bayern's hopes of becoming the first team to win consecutive Champions League crowns.

It may be the case that is Kroos is doing his utmost to get the best possible new deal from Bayern, and given his current employers' competence in assembling such a magnificent playing squad, it seems improbable that they would actively sanction one of their star attractions' departures.

United should focus on luring more accessible and more relevant targets to expectations which have had to take a few hefty adjustments in recent times.

The name Manchester United resonates with most players in world football off the back of Sir Alex Ferguson's long-lasting legacy, but moving from Bundesliga champions-elect and potential Champions League winners for a second year running for the doldrums, by comparison, of Europa League football maps out just how against the grain a move for Kroos to Old Trafford is.

His Bayern adventure should not be brought to a halt early, particularly if that is to join a pale imitation of former United sides.

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