Toni Kroos made his debut with Bayern Munich in 2007 as the youngest player to appear for the Bundesliga side, and since then he has been a mainstay. However, the Pep Guardiola era has brought about a different approach and a crowded midfield. During Bayern’s midweek victory over Stuttgart, Kroos displayed his displeasure after being subbed out. He threw his gloves to the ground and went to the end of the bench without acknowledging anyone. Kroos has been linked to Manchester United and Chelsea.
He has not been engaged in any contract talks with only a year and a half left on his current deal. Kroos has made statements that show he is not ruling out a move at this point. However, after his emotional display this past week, now would be the time to sell him. He may not fit the mold of a Guardiola midfielder. If the plan for the future does not include the 24-year-old German then Bayern should sell now.
Guardiola has his pick in the central midfield, and he would not have it any other way. He has reinvented Phillip Lahm in a roaming roll. Javi Martinez has shown his flexibility, and the recent play of Thiago Alcantara cannot be ignored. There is also the versatile Mario Goetze, and Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to return from injury. Claudio Pizzaro replaced Kroos on Wednesday. When Kroos and Schweinsteiger are both subject to transfer rumors it puts a team’s depth into perspective.
News broke recently that Manchester United will not be going after Kroos any longer, but that can change. Chelsea have spent money recently on midfielders and are fairly deep at the position. Arsenal has had some injury issues, but are they enough to warrant a large bid for Kroos? It is reported that the midfielder is looking for £150,000 a week, and his quality would seem to warrant that. FCBM could ask for a fee of at least £25million. Remember that today is only deadline day for England, so Bayern could still be fielding offers from other countries.
If Pep does not have a plan for Kroos now is the time to sell. Kroos has shown his displeasure so let him move on and away from a crowded midfield. His play in the Champions League alone should warrant plenty of interest. Kroos has completed nearly 96 percent of his passes in the UCL while averaging almost 90 passes per match. Get the money now and identify some summer window targets.