Real Madrid may be willing to part with one of their star players this summer according to reports in Spain, and both Manchester clubs are keen on snapping him up.
After helping Real Madrid to another Champions League title this season, Toni Kroos could be set to embark on a new challenge in the Premier League. But who is most interested, and who has the better chance of signing him?
Jose Mourinho appears desperate to bring his former player Kroos to the club but will face an uphill struggle due to the clubs lack of Champions League football.
Kroos thrives in a deep-lying midfield role and managed 10 assists in 32 La Liga games. He could be the clubs new dictator and really be the central world class player that United currently lack. Morgan Schneiderlin has been unconvincing, Ander Herrera inconsistent and Bastian Schweinsteiger consistently injured. Kroos would be the perfect conductor for Mourinho’s new look side.
Manchester United have already made contact to sign Kroos, according to reports, but their efforts have so far been unconvincing and they’ll need to do more to persuade the player to want to join.
Despite the signing of Ilkay Gundogan, Pep Guardiola wants to bring in another top quality central midfielder, according to the Manchester Evening News. They say that Toni Kroos is that man and to make way for him, Fernando will be sold.
Valencia and Villarreal want Fernando for £12million whilst Yaya Toure could be set to reunite with Roberto Mancini with strong interest from Inter Milan.
Guardiola could create his perfect midfield platform with Kroos, alongside Gundogan, a move that would automatically make City the pass masters of England.
The chance to be part of Pep’s revolution at the Etihad will surely appeal to Kroos. He has the chance to play in England, with a Champions League club and under one of the best managers in the world. It is those factors which currently have City as favourites to sign the German, though we all know the persuasive powers of Mourinho, his former manager, could change that.
After winning the Champions League with Real Madrid again, it is possible that Kroos will feel he has done all he can at the Spanish club and with all the money and managers moving to England, Kroos must be tempted to follow suit. Time will tell if he will push for a move this summer but should City or United make concrete bid then a transfer looks more likely than ever.