Manchester United could still hope to profit if they lose Toni Kroos to Real Madrid, but how?
Manchester United have been pursuing Toni Kroos throughout 2014 that to see him go elsewhere would be a blow to the club.
Despite suggestions the Red Devils have dropped their interest for now, this is believed to be because of Bayern's refusal to negotiate.
Kroos remains linked with an exit however, due to his expiring contract in the summer of 2015 and refusal to sign a new deal so far.
He will become the world's most in-demand free agent on January 1, when he becomes free to negotiate with teams.
It is already reported that Champions League winners Real Madrid pose the highest threat to United, and want to offer him an increase on his current wages at Bayern.
If they were to sign him, United could still take hope of landing a top midfielder, and here's how, as explained by a line in a Marca report on Toni Kroos:
"The idea of signing Kroos has been with Real Madrid for some time. Florentino and Ancelotti are prepared to buy him without closing the door on the possibility of recruiting another midfielder. This implies that Real would then have to show the door to at least one midfielder in their present squad."
The first player to be ushered out of the door would surely be Sami Khedira, who has been linked with an exit before and after his recent knee injury.
The German international was subject of an enquiry from United on deadline day last year, and became frustrated in the Autumn at becoming a target for the Spanish press, unhappy with Real's displays.
Khedira is precisely the type of all-round midfielder United need, and one Louis van Gaal will be familiar with from his Bundesliga days.
By next summer, with a season under his belt with a full recovery from his knee injury, United could make a serious push for him with reasonable expectation of landing him, should Kroos head to the Bernabeu.