According to various reports, Manchester United have agreed a £20 million deal with Bayern Munich for the signing of Toni Kroos.
The Germany international is entering the final 12 months of his contract and is yet to agree a new deal with his current club, owing to disagreement regarding the salary he should earn.
At present, Kroos is earning £3.6 million-per-year, which is much less than what others like Franck Ribery, Mario Gotze (£9 million), Bastian Schweinsteiger and Phillip Lahm (£8 million) are earning.
Kroos is an integral member of the Bayern squad and hence, wants to get into the same wage bracket as Schweinsteiger and Lahm. This means the 24-year-old is holding out for a deal that will earn him somewhere between £7 million-10 million-per-year.
United on the other hand, are willing to pay Kroos £12 million every year. Yet, it is still not a done deal he will join the former Premier League champions in the summer.
First of all, no one at the club, want to see the prodigal German to go to Manchester.
“I want Toni to stay. Kalle [Rummenigge] and Matthias [Sammer] want him to stay as well,” Pep Guardiola told the reporters last month. “He is a superb player and can decide for himself. We want him to stay."
Moreover, Kroos’ agent has also expressed his client’s intention to stay at the Allianz Arena till the end of next season.
"We have not received any official contract offer [from Manchester United]," Volker Struth told BILD.
He further added: "There is also no need to submit an offer as Toni will be with Bayern Munich until June 2015."
Not to forget, Bayern Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has also insisted that Kroos will not be on the move this summer.
"Toni Kroos will definitely still be playing for us next season," Rummenigge told Munchner Merkur. "Furthermore, we want him to carry on wearing our shirt beyond 2015."
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So there’s a mutual understanding among the Bayern hierarchy that Kroos will stay for another year.
In the 12 months, Bayern will hope to reach an agreement with the German and tie him up to a long contract. There is a probability that Kroos will reject all of Bayern’s offers but the latter still don’t need to cash in on the youngster this summer. They are a financially sound club and won’t mind Kroos running down his contract and then going for nothing.
On the other hand, Kroos will look to persuade Bayern and try to earn the deal he wants. In fact, like Michael Ballack and Schweinsteiger have done in the past, Kroos is probably using United as leverage to get a better offer from Bayern.
Staying at least till the summer of 2015 suits both Bayern and Kroos. The latter will be playing for one of the best clubs in the world and Bayern will be utilizing services of arguably the most coveted midfielder in world football at present.
Moreover, leaving Bayern for United this summer won’t be a logical move for Kroos. Yes, he will earn more but he will need to adapt to a new country, learn a new language and play in a new set-up. As Owen Hargraves has suggested to Kroos, “The grass isn't always greener”.
Moreover, United can’t offer Kroos Champions League football either. So, the midfielder should take the 12 months he has to figure out his best option before he enters the prime of his career.
If he reaches an agreement with Bayern, good for him, if not, he can look to join clubs like Barcelona and Chelsea. Both will be happy to meet his wage demands and will probably offer a better chance of winning trophies next season than United.