Manchester United had hoped to recruit Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich before the close of the January window but, given that they failed to do so, the most likely outcome for the Germany international would be that he signs a new champions.
The 24-year-old was frequently linked with a £25 million transfer to join the Premier League champions before Friday's deadline, with comments from Pep Guardiola in the final days doing little to dispel reports the player could be sold.
Manchester United manager David Moyes was spotted in conversation with the agent of Kroos only last week, which led to further suggestions that a move to Old Trafford was in the offing for the former Bayer Leverkusen international.
Kroos is out of contract at the end of next season and, with a relative stalemate in negotiations so far, his future is the subject of much speculation. German football expert Raphael Honigstein claims Kroos is holding out for an offer comparative with other teammates, and the interest of Manchester United is likely to result in Bayern conceding.
"Toni Kroos has a contract which runs until 2015 and Bayern Munich are trying hard to re-negotiate," he told talkSPORT. “He has the same agent as Mario Götze. There’s a lot of envy there because Götze is probably on double the money Kroos is.
He added: "The assumption in Munich is that they will find an agreement though.
"The link with Man United has come at a good time for Kroos and his agent because they can force Bayern to go a little bit higher in their contract offer."