Manchester United remain the bookmakers’ overwhelming favourites to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos this summer, despite reports claiming Louis van Gaal does not want the Germany international at Old Trafford.
The Guardian are led to believe that newly-appointed Van Gaal has no interest in signing Kroos, who previously worked under the Dutch coach at the Allianz Arena. The 24-year-old was reportedly on the brink of securing a £20m move to Manchester United after being pursued for months by Van Gaal’s predecessor David Moyes.
But, if Paddy Power’s odds provide any helpful clues, it seems the deal to take Kroos to Old Trafford is far from dead in the water. The Red Devils are priced at 1/6 on to sign Kroos, while Chelsea and Real Madrid - the second and third favourites, respectively - are seemingly way out of contention at 11/1.
Kroos only has a year left to run on his current contract and Bayern Munich, according to the club’s president Karl Hopfner, have no plans to meet the midfielder’s huge wage demands. United, it seemed, had everything in place to sign the German until Van Gaal intervened at the eleventh hour.
In his first column with Paddy Power, Manchester United legend Paul Scholes - who worked alongside Ryan Giggs as part of the coaching staff towards the end of this season - wrote that Kroos would be the perfect summer signing for the Red Devils.
However, Van Gaal is a manager whose opinion of a player will not be swayed by public opinion or by those around him.