Manchester United morning news: Woodward claimed to stay in Munich for Kroos deal

Toni Kroos, Germany National Football Team

The defeat is alleged to have given Manchester United executive Ed Woodward a chance to meet with both Bayern officials and the much sought after German midfielder.

If there was one good thing to come out of United's meetings with Bayern Munich, it could well be the acquisition of the club's top transfer target.

The Mirror reports the Ed Woodward stayed overnight in Munich to secure a deal for German international Toni Kroos.

Amid rumours that the Reds are prepared to spend a massive £40 million on the German international, Woodward was seeking to find out just how committed Kroos is to any potential deal, rather than be used as a pawn in any attempts by the midfielder to get an improved contract.

As the central target for the club, Kroos is integral to the transfer strategy for the summer, with a failed attempt at signing him meaning that United will have to look elsewhere. Likewise, its success or failure will affect who Moyes is prepared to move on from Old Trafford.

Kroos impressed for the German champions in the two matches with last year's Premier League winners. In the first leg at Old Trafford, he was superb as the focal point of Bayern's possession play, and would have only encouraged any potential suitors further.

The playmaker has made 44 appearances this season for the Bavarians, scoring 3 goals and assisting 9 times. Despite this, the 24-year-old has been unable to agree on an improved contract to his current deal, which expires in 2015, leading to heightened speculation on his future.

He is likely to be a key part of Germany's World Cup challenge this summer, with any strong performances in Brazil increasing both Bayern's likely asking price, as well as his possible wage demands at either his current, or future club.

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