Manchester United are growing increasingly optimistic that Bayern Munich will listen to offers in excess of £20m for midfielder Toni Kroos this summer.
The Germany international will only have one year left on his current deal at the Allianz Arena at the end of the season - and, rather than risk losing him for nothing in the summer of 2015, European champions Bayern may look to cash in on the 24-year-old before the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
Recent reports claim the £40m-rated midfielder is keen on a summer switch to Old Trafford - and has even told pals at Bayern Munich that he wants to leave Germany in order to join the Red Devils.
Although United are prepared to meet Bayern’s £40m valuation of the gifted central midfielder, there’s a growing belief at Old Trafford that they could secure his services for a considerably lower price, according to the Daily Mail.
Bayern remain confident, however, that Kroos will agree to sign a contract extension with the reigning Champions League winners. The club’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge even told reporters this week: ‘I can promise you that Toni will play for Bayern next season.’
But unless Bayern agree to increase Kroos’s £60,000-a-week wages to £150,000 per week, Manchester United believe they stand an excellent chance of swooping in and adding him to their midfield before the start of next season.
Despite the recent speculation, Kroos is expected to play against Manchester United in Wednesday night’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Allianz Arena.