The time for laughing at Manchester United is now.
The reigning Premier League champions have a weak squad, are struggling in the league and don’t look like realistic candidates to be playing in the Champions League next season.
Looking at the evidence, it’s not too hard to discern that their woes could easily be forgotten by the summer. With a mooted £200million to play with, and a list of transfer targets that Florentino Perez would be envious of, it’s highly likely that the starting XI which turns out for the opening game of the 2014/15 campaign will be comfortably more easy on the eye than the dregs Sir Alex Ferguson passed on to David Moyes last year.
Moreover it goes without saying that Moyes would be virtually pulling the plug on his own Old Trafford career if he is unable to assemble an impressive team with the financial backing he’s set to receive, and this is why he must not be frugal.
There’s one player in particular that this applies to. He’s a fully fledged European star, a highly-sought after commodity and a player that is as as close to a perfect fit as United are going to get. You guessed it, Toni Kroos.
Recent reports emanating from Germany would infer that the 24-year-old is unsettled with the lack of parity amongst the Bayern Munich squad in terms of wages. Whilst he has to settle for a measly £3.6million a year, there are players within the Bavarians squad who take home as much as £9million. A hard life, isn’t it Toni?
But all jokes aside this is most definitely a situation Moyes could capitalize on, providing that Pep Guardiola doesn’t offer Kroos a new and improved deal in order to guarantee his future remains at the Allianz Arena.
If the rumours are true and Bayern’s midfield anchor really is looking for a pay packet which more adequately reflects his widely lauded talents, then there’s every chance that there is a window in which United could possibly make what would be a coup of a transfer.
Here’s where we get to the crux of the matter. Historically the Red Devils have never been the type of club to rely on their financial might in order to push themselves into pole position in the race for a player, in years gone by their status as arguably the most attractive club in the world has been enough.
However Moyes must now realise that without Ferguson this aura of virtual transfer invincibility no longer surrounds Old Trafford, and United are going to have to spend like one of the big boys if they wish to stand toe to toe with them.
Put simply United must do their utmost to bring in Kroos, regardless of the astronomical outlay it could end up costing them. This summer doesn’t simply represent the ideal time for change, it represents the only one if they want to be reaffirm their diminishing grasp on the title of being a footballing superpower.
When it comes to the transfers that matter most United are going to have ensure that they meet the demands of each and every star they’re looking to bring in. Refusing to play ball in negotiations will simply ensure one thing; they are left disappointed and well behind their rivals once again.