Manchester City could be set to rival Manchester United for the signing of Toni Kroos this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Reports suggest that Citizens boss Manuel Pellegrini, who replaced the divisive figure of Roberto Mancini in the dugout during the summer following a disappointing 2012/13 campaign, will look to strengthen his squad in the next transfer window - regardless of how his team finish the season.
The publication further suggests that it seems certain that Bayern Munich playmaker Kroos will become available for transfer in the summer and that the Manchester City manager could go for him ahead of Porto midfielder Fernando.
24-year-old Kroos, who has been with Bayern since 2007, was the subject of fervent transfer speculation during the final days of the January window, with Manchester United - who completed arguably the deal of the window with their impressive capture of Spaniard Juan Mata from Chelsea - linked with a £25 million move for the German international.
Such a move never materialised, however, despite the player seemingly relaying his discontent at the club after reacting furiously to being substituted during Bayern Munich's 2-1 win over Stuttgart last Wednesday.
If a summer battle between Manchester United and Manchester City were to transpire, you have to think that City's superior financial and footballing status could give them a crucial edge in any transfer negotiations.
Despite their difficult 2013/14 season under the tutelage of David Moyes, however, Manchester United evidently still hold a lofty global reputation that could appear to Kroos if he were looking to leave arguably Europe's top footballing outfit.