Following Bayern Munich’s humiliating Champions League semi-final exit at the hands of Real Madrid, boss Pep Guardiola is eyeing a summer of change.
The Catalan coach is a keen admirer on retaining the ball and drawing opponents out of position with crisp passing and movement, but he also favours ball possession as a defensive mechanism.
Against Real Madrid, the hosts were utterly exposed as they gifted the ball away and left an ocean of space for the likes of Ronaldo and Bale to exploit.
Pep Guardiola was naturally incensed, and according to the Spanish press El Confidencial, he will turn to La Liga this summer in a bid to form a more controlling outfit.
Athletic Bilbao central defender Aymeric Laporte has been lined up, alongside a sensational bid for Barcelona’s defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets.
With Javi Martinez already at Bayern alongside former Barcelona star Thiago, adding Sergio Busquets to their ranks would give Pep the option of a three-man Spanish midfield.
The news of Pep Guardiola’s plans has its effects, and more importantly for Manchester United the player likely to suffer is German international Toni Kroos.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been a target for Man United since last summer, with speculation mounting during the January transfer window when it was revealed Kroos and Bayern had failed to agree a new deal.
Kroos’ current deal at the Bundesliga champions expires in 2015, and Bayern have allegedly warned him they will not break their wage structure to accommodate his demands.
Manchester United, on the other hand, have reportedly hinted that they would be willing to offer him a top-level wage, and the Red Devils could even appoint Louis Van Gaal as boss to help aid their cause in bringing Kroos to Old Trafford.
Whilst the likelihood of Busquets abandoning Barcelona for Munich is slim, the news that Pep is planning a reshuffle in his ranks is certainly beneficial to United as their bid to sign Toni Kroos appears to be gradually advancing.