Manchester United are set to offer £260,000-a-week to Toni Kroos, in an attempt to lure the German international away from the Allianz Arena this summer, after David Moyes has realised that his already uncertain future could be under even more intense scrutiny if he fails to secure world class signings.
Kroos has been on United’s radar for a while, and even though it was largely thought he had used Moyes’ interest simply to earn himself a better contract at Bayern Munich, according to reports in the German press over the last few days, the 24-year-old is now considering his options, before deciding whether to extend his current deal with the European champions, which expires in 2015.
The Guardian suggested yesterday that while Moyes is fully aware of the difficulties involved in prising Kroos away from Bavaria, particularly given that Bayern Munich have maintained throughout the last couple of months that the midfielder is not for sale, but the United manager seems convinced that if Kroos is determined to leave the club, then the deal could go through.
A contract worth £260,000-a-week would make Kroos one of the highest paid players at the club, alongside Robin Van Persie and not too far from Wayne Rooney’s £300,000-a-week salary, but even with an astronomical contract it remains hard to see as to why a player plying his trade for Bayern Munich would want to swap a title winning machine for a side that might not even clinch a Europa League spot this season.
The German champions on Monday secured the signing of Sebastian Rode from Eintracht Frankfurt on a four-year deal and while Rode is a defensive midfielder by trade, he can also be deployed further up the pitch and Pep Guardiola’s decision to bring an extra midfielder could perhaps pave the way for an high-profile departure.
However, while Kroos might indeed decide to leave Bayern Munich, even a superb financial package might no be enough to convince him to join United. Were Kroos to decide to part ways with the Bavarians, he’s likely to attract attention from Europe’s elite, including a lot of clubs that are in better shape than United and would be able to match their contract offer.
Over to you, David and Ed. Money better do the talking this summer.