Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola might have just given United fans a reason to remain glued to TV screens and radios tomorrow, after admitting that Toni Kroos could leave the Allianz Arena before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.
The Bayern Munich midfielder has been on David Moyes’ radar for quite some time, after the European champions’ Chief Executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, admitted that the club was struggling to come to an agreement with the midfielder over a new contract.
Kroos is under contract with last season’s treble winners until 2015 but Bayern are refusing to meet his £150,000-a-week demands, leading to speculation that the 24-year-old could leave the club he joined in 2006 and for which he’s scored 12 goals in 119 Bundesliga appearances.
While Rummenigge said last week that despite the discrepancies between the club’s offer and Kroos’ financial demands Bayern remained keen to tie the midfielder to a new long-term contract, but things might have got a tad more complicated for the Bavarian outfit, after Kroos stormed off the pitch last night, unhappy at being substituted.
The midfielder threw his gloves away in disgust as Pep Guardiola replaced him and the former Barcelona manager admitted that Kroos’ future at the Allianz Arena could be not as certain as it was until a week or so ago.
“He [Kroos] is an important player, but things can move fast in football,” said the Spaniard.
“Here today, gone tomorrow.”
The news would have alerted David Moyes, who was spotted in Germany on Friday night as Bayern took on Borussia Monchengladbach.
The United manager has stated his determination to bring in more players of Juan Mata’s calibre as he seeks to revamp his squad and Kroos would undoubtedly be a welcome addition to United’s midfield, given his versatility and the considerable experience he’s matured despite being only 24.
The Bayern Munich midfielder is thought to be valued by his club in the £25m region, a relatively reasonable fee for a player of his calibre, but Moyes was expected to wait until the summer before making his move but reports suggest that he might have changed his mind.
The Bundesliga’s January transfer window shuts at 5pm tomorrow rather than at 11pm, as it’s the case in England, so expect a day of wild speculations tomorrow.