All the latest transfer news and views from Chelsea, including a reported offer for a long-running Manchester United target.
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, one of the most cultured passers of the football and a player currently on World Cup duty with one of the tournament favourites Germany, seemingly has his pick of elite-level clubs to choose from once the competition in Brazil is concluded.
Kroos, of course, has the option of remaining at the Allianz Arena or, according to this report, he could join Real Madrid or Barcelona, as both La Liga sides have "sent representatives to the World Cup". Links to the Camp Nou side may have merit, as the Catalans lost Cesc Fabregas to the Blues while Xavi has lost his edge and could be off to the Middle East.
AS believe Chelsea are keen on Kroos and have even put forth an offer of "£6.4 million per year" which roughly equates to £125,000 per week.
Bayern would only keep the player if an agreement were reached where he would extend his deal beyond next summer, when it expires and he would be a free agent.
Elsewhere, and with the news that Paris Saint-Germain want to try to sign every Chelsea player imaginable, the Ligue 1 side have turned away from Eden Hazard, away from Oscar and may now be looking at Petr Cech, who will vie for the number one spot with Thibaut Courtois should he stay at Stamford Bridge.
Courtois is in Brazil with Belgium and the national team manager Marc Wilmots said: “[Courtois] will be returning to Chelsea this summer. Will they sell Cech? Yes, probably.”
And finally, former Blue Michael Ballack had words of encouragement for his compatriot Mesut Ozil: “I am surprised by the critical views on Mesut Ozil. For me, he is and he remains an extraordinary player. Yes, he has not had a overwhelmingly good match at the World Cup until now but he did not disappoint me either. He needs a magic moment, he must force this moment to happen.
“In these situations, Low must back him. Other nations envy us for having players like him or Mario Gotze. They can make the difference.”