Manchester United have long been credited with having an interest in signing Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
Reports suggest they've been dealt an early blow ahead of the summer transfer window however, with Bayern's CEO confirming Kroos is to stay at the Allianz Arena and Gundogan having been handed a new contract deal.
Kroos, who is capable of playing behind the striker as well as deeper in midfield would've been an ideal solution for David Moyes' current squad troubles. However, Bayern chief Karl Heinz Rummenigge made a move unlikely. He said: "Toni Kroos is sure to play in a Bayern Munich shirt next year as well."
On the other hand, Gundogan, who is said to have been on United's radar for majority of the season, has been offered a new contract with his current club Dortmund. The midfielder's contract is set to run out in 12 months and the German outfit have decided they want the player to extend.
"Ilkay Gundogan is an important player of our club who we want to keep at our club," said Dortmund's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.
"We have submitted a contract offer to Ilkay Gundogan and we are expecting to hear from him about it.
"We are certainly not going to need to wait until the summer to see him reply."
Manchester United's issue now will be finding a midfielder to provide sturdy leadership in the center of the camp. While both Kroos and Gundogan are capable of doing so, it looks like they won't be going to England any time soon, which may worry Moyes.
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