Since Louis van Gaal was appointed the Manchester United manager back in May, one of the players strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford has been Toni Kroos.
Considered by many a ‘complete midfielder’, the 24-year-old is one of the best players in the world and was a key member of Bayern Munich’s treble-winning team of 2012-13 (although his season was cut short due to injury).
Even with the severe competition for places at Bayern under coach Pep Guardiola last season, Kroos held his own and played his part in the Bavarian giants winning the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal.
The Germany international is now on his way to Real Madrid for a reported transfer fee of €30 million (£24m) having just won the 2014 World Cup and seemingly rejecting the advances of United (click here to read more).
Former Bayern midfielder Dietmar Hamann has questioned if Madrid are paying too much for a player who is out of contract next summer, but believes that the European champions are getting a brilliant footballer.
‘He is very flexible and he has many strengths’, Goal.com quotes the former Liverpool and Manchester City star as saying. ‘He is smart, he keeps the ball great, he has a good eye for the situation and great technique. Kroos can play in every team’.
Have United missed out? Should they have made more effort in luring the player who is a proven winner? True, the Red Devils have recruited a truly brilliant midfielder in Ander Herrera, but would Kroos have been a better signing?
Only time will tell, but given how Kroos’s career has progressed, it is hard to go against Hamann’s stance that he would make any team better.
Kroos would have made United a stronger team, but then again, the Manchester outfit have proved time and time again that they are not dependent on one player.