Manchester United were hit with yet another blow to their intentions of signing Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos this summer as Pep Guardiola again reiterated that he hopes the player will stay.
David Moyes has been linked with a move for the German international for some time now, with reports suggesting that he is the priority signing the Scot wants to kick-start his revival. However French newspaper Le 10 Sport, citing Guardiola, claims that Bayern have no interest in letting the 24-year-old leave the Allianz Arena and hope that he will continue his development in Munich.
"I am very optimistic about the possibility for him to stay," Guardiola said, according to the Daily Star.
"I hope that everybody knows what I think about him."
This follows speculation that Kroos could potentially leave the reigning European champions in order for a massive pay rise. It’s thought United would be prepared to offer the central midfielder a lucrative deal worth £250,000-a-week to tempt him to the Premier League, and as of yet he has refused to commit his future to Bayern for the long term.
Moyes will know though that a failure to qualify for the Champions League next season will severely impact upon his side’s chances at landing Kroos, but ironically they will have to overcome Bayern if they hope to qualify via winning the competition this year.