Manchester United have been a dealt their biggest summer transfer blow yet, as Bayern Munich chief Karl Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that Toni Kroos would be staying at the Allianz Arena for next year’s season.
The German international has emerged as United’s top summer target in recent months, and issues over a new deal at Bayern had made things look promising for the reigning Premier League champions. However in a press conference today Rummenigge all but ruled out the chance of Kroos making any kind of switch at the end of this season, and implied instead that he would be offered the new lucrative contract he is craving.
According to the Mirror, the Bayern chairman told reporters: “Toni Kroos is sure to wear Bayern Munich's shirt next year."
Not too rosy if you’re a United fan. Previously Kroos has had his salary demands rejected by Bayern, which had paved way for suggestions that he would leave the club in search of more money. It was rumoured at one point that Moyes was willing to offer the 24-year-old a deal worth around £250,000-a-week in order tempt him to Manchester, but that will likely be negligible if his current club are willing to play ball over a proposed new deal.
The two European giants will square up tomorrow night at Old Trafford for the first-leg of their quarter-final Champions League tie. The German side are heavy favourites for the clash, but Bayern winger Arjen Robben has insisted that the game will have to be taken seriously if his team are to progress.