Manchester United to willingly overpay to sign top star - report

Toni Kroos, Germany National Football Team

Manchester United's pursuit of Toni Kroos will see them make an interesting financial decision, according to one report.

Toni Kroos was coy about his future after Bayern' visit to Old Trafford, stating simply that he belonged to the German side.

Very matter of fact, but he failed to address the future, and where he will be playing next season, although did concede that he was impressed by Old Trafford.

Bayern's hierarchy have been insistent this week that he will remain, yet with a year left on his contract, could they relent that stance?

The freshest twist in this long running transfer saga comes via a report in The Mirror, which states United are planning to offer Bayern £40 million for Kroos' services in the summer.

Most intriguingly of all, the paper claim that the Red Devils are preparing to do so, knowing they will be paying over the market value for the German who has just one year remaining on his contract come June.

The report states: "The Reds hope to turn Bayern’s head with the sky-high figure for a player who will be entering the final year of his contract.

"Moyes wants Kroos so badly United will commit to the offer, although the numbers are much higher than they should be for the player."

Such a move will have several repercussions. It would show just how United mean business, should they be successful in convincing Bayern to accept of course, and for the Germans it could be a tempting one.

Naturally if Fellaini is worth £27 million then Kroos is worth far more than £40 million, but factoring in his contract situation, it's more than United should be seeking to pay ideally.

A bid would demonstrate United's financial strength, and put the rest of Europe on alert, but it will also increase the pressure on David Moyes to get it right next season from the word go.

Perhaps most worryingly however, is that making the offer will illustrate United's desperation.

Already paying an extortionate wage to Wayne Rooney simply to keep him, wages for Kroos are likely to make the transfer one of the most costly in history when combined with his transfer fee.

United fans may be a little wary of the club throwing money away at a problem, when there are questions over the manager and his ability to get it right regardless of who is at his disposal.

Should United fail in their £40 million bid, they could be left scrambling, having revealed their hand in transfer negotiations.

While it's no secret United want to spend this summer, they may just find the asking price for their targets goes up and up, as they look increasingly desperate - if they have to move on from Kroos as they did with their top targets last summer.

It's this tactic which landed them overpaying on deadline day for Marouane Fellaini after all, having bid highly for Cesc Fabregas and reportedly Gareth Bale.

Fans are desperate not to see a repeat. Offering Bayern big money to do a deal for Kroos may be the only way to convince them, but it's a dangerous game should the Germans flatly refuse their advances.

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