Despite his age, Toni Kroos is not a new name in Europe. The 24-year-old midfielder has been a mainstay in Bayern Munich‘s sides for a while now, making his debut for the club in 2007 — at the time, the youngest player to make a senior appearance for the Bundesliga side.
The player has preformed remarkably well for the German outfit, and his midfield presence is a large reason for their continued dominance.
Kroos still has 18 months left on his contract, but without any successful contract talks as of yet, the player is reluctant to rule out a possible move putting Europe’s biggest clubs on red-alert.
When asked about his contract, Kroos told the Daily Star:
“I am unable to rule anything out. I am under contract with Bayern Munich. Actually there are yet no further talks scheduled.”
These words have not gone unnoticed, and it is reported that both Chelsea and Manchester United are preparing bids for the Germany international. Both Premier League sides could use a player of Kroos’ quality in their midfield, and both have pros and cons for a possible move.
Kroos is exactly the type of player Jose Mourinho covets. He has a great work-rate, passes the ball superbly and helps out defensively as well; he can also rip a shot from distance. He will definitely look for Champions League football, which, at the moment, only Chelsea have a good chance of securing. Yet Chelsea are blessed with a plethora of attack minded midfielders and recently spent £25 million on a central midfielder, so a move to Stamford Bridge might see him share more minutes than he would at Old Trafford.
Manchester United, on the other hand, are dealing with an aging midfield and would love to add a young player like Kroos to their ranks. The upside here is that he would start immediately in United’s midfield, and would work well with Michael Carrick and new signing Juan Mata. The glaring problem, as I stated before, is that United is sitting in seventh place after 23 matches and would need a bit of good fortune to grab a top four spot at this point.
Either way, both clubs would greatly benefit from the inclusion of Toni Kroos, but the player might not gain much by moving to the England. This will be an interesting transfer saga to keep an eye on if it continues to heat up.