Manchester United have been linked with a string of Bayern Munich midfielders in recent weeks. With United's next manager still unconfirmed, the Reds would be advised to move sooner rather than later when it comes to pursuing one of the German champions' players.
Below we look at which of the three would be best suited to switching to the Reds:
Probably the most gifted of the three, Gotze has struggled for as much playing time as he would have liked in his first season at the Allianz Arena. The skilful playmaker has made 43 appearances and scored 15 goals this season, yet he has struggled to nail down a regular spot, and has recently made comments in the press discussing an interest in more playing time. The 21 year old may find first team opportunities just as hard to come by at Old Trafford given the fact Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, and Shinji Kagawa all occupy the same number ten role at United.
Compared to the other two Germans on this list, Muller is the more experienced player leading the way when it comes to appearances for Bayern as well as the national team. Somewhat a victim of his versatility, he has often found himself impressing on the wings, behind the central striker, and upfront, but has been unable to truly claim one particular spot for his own. With Robert Lewandowski set to join next season as well as Arjen Robben's continued impressive form on the right wing, Muller will likely be contesting the number ten role with Gotze and Kroos, and given his age, he may be less prepared to fill in as a utility man than some of his younger team mates. If Muller was to make the move to United he could feature from the right wing, but his departure from the Bavarian Giants would not go down well, with club legend Franz Beckenbauer insisting he was someone fans identified with.
Kroos is the player whose name has been linked with United the longest, and also, importantly, might be the most open to move to the club. Given his public dispute with Bayern over an improved contract, the German international has long felt undervalued and Ed Woodward's pursuit of the 22-year-old could yet bear fruit.
Capable of playing a deeper role than the other two, Kroos could be the type of midfielder able to provide the missing link in United's offensive midfield play. Superb both on the ball and distributing it, Kroos perhaps lacks the drive and change of pace that would most suit a central player in the side, but he would represent a significant upgrade on the likes of Tom Cleverley and Marouane Fellaini.