Toni Kroos to Manchester United is a transfer story that continues to endure, despite the club supposedly conceding last week that their chances of signing the Bayern Munich midfielder are slim indeed.
Manchester United, though, have seemingly yet to completely abandon hope of signing Kroos during the summer transfer window, and are reportedly prepared to pay the player £260,000-per-week were he to agree to move to Old Trafford.
Bayern Munich have maintained there is no desire to sell the Germany international although, reports The Guardian, their acquisition of Sebastian Rode from Eintracht Frankfurt may suggest Pep Guardiola is preparing for Kroos’ potential departure.
Rode will join Bayern on a free transfer in the summer, with the 23-year-old having signed a four-year contract with the Bundesliga champions. Like most of the midfielders at the disposal of Bayern, Rode has valuable versatility. He is primarily a defensive midfielder, but has played in a more advanced role this season, as well as on the right and left.
The acquisition of Rode will provide Manchester United with something of a fillip in their pursuit of Kroos, but a deal still seems remote. Bayern have been confident all along that Kroos will sign a new contract, with his current deal set to expire next summer.
There have been reports, however, that Kroos has informed friends of a desire to move to Manchester United, given a more lucrative deal and a position of greater status in the team he would enjoy at Old Trafford.