The possibility of Manchester United signing Kroos on a free

Toni Kroos & Julian Baumgartlinger

Manchester United target has been told he is staying at Bayern, how long for though - is up to him.

Manchester United's prospects of signing Toni Kroos have seemingly taken a double blow over the last 48 hours, with Bayern Munich heavyweights chipping in with their views on the German's future.

Karl Heinz Ruminegge, chairman, stated succinctly, as reported by the Manchester Evening News: "Toni Kroos is sure to play in a Bayern Munich shirt next year."

He was backed by manager Pep Guardiola who added yesterday: "Toni has one year more of a contract and Toni will remain there.

“I hope he can extend his contract and stay with us because he is a very good guy, he loves his game." 

But ahead of a Champions League game against Manchester United, do you really expect them to state anything to the contrary?

While not wanting to dismiss their claims entirely, the lack of comment from Kroos himself speaks volumes about the potential uncertainty regarding his preference.

In fact it could be that the Bayern hierarchy are attempting to apply pressure on the German international, and simultaneously warn United off pursuing him.

And it is on the late point that this summer, hinges on - Bayern still hold his contract until 2015, and will only sell if they choose to. Right now they are showing no sign of wishing to.

Which means should they stay resolute, the only chance of Toni Kroos becoming a Manchster United will be in summer 2015, rather than this year, when his contract runs out.

It would be a free transfer worth shouting about, a steal for the Red Devils, but they will have to be patient and persistent if it were to happen, and would have to truly convince Toni Kroos to put himself out for.

For Kroos to go down this route, he would risk alienating himself at Bayern, and being ostracised by Pep Guardiola. While next season won't be a World Cup year, it would do little for his career to spend it on the sidelines, a very real possibility if he becomes a real 'contract rebel', considering the other top stars at Bayern's disposal.

While with money also a motivating factor, failing to sign a new contract at the German club now - would leave him on a relatively low salary compared to the one he would have to turn down, for 12 months in the hope of securing a better one at United.

As has been shown by Victor Valdes' ill-timed injury at Barcelona last week, nothing should be taken for granted in football, and snubbing a new contract at Bayern would be a brave, potentially foolhardy gamble from Kroos.

Yet he appears so far reluctant to buck the trend of Bayern stars Robben and Dante, who have recently signed new contracts, insisting he will wait until the summer to determine his future, even after the World Cup.

If he really does want to control his destiny, Kroos may be irritated by the comments from Guardiola and Rumminegge, and seek to consider his options - and that means all of them, including walking away on a free, as Robert Lewandowski is set to do at Dortmund.

If that is to be even a remote possibility, United would do well to put up a good account of themselves during their two-legged quarter-final tie against Bayern, and show why they would be worthy of him considering such a dramatic move.

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