Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will attempt to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos when his contract with the Bundesliga champions expires at the end of next season. The Germany international, who was expected to join Manchester United before Louis van Gaal pulled the plug on a deal to sign the 24-year-old earlier this month, will be free to talk to the Blues at the turn of the year.
Kroos is widely-regarded as one of Bayern’s key players, having made 29 league appearances this season, but the German club are reluctant to meet the central midfielder’s wage demands. He currently earns just over £60,000-a-week but wants parity with the likes of Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery, who all make around £150,000-a-week, according to the Daily Mail.
It’s believed Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is keen to keep Kroos at the Allianz Arena - the former Barcelona head coach reportedly prefers him to Schweinsteiger - but the classy midfielder will leave the club at the end of next season unless last season’s European champions bow to his demands.
After United dropped out of the race to sign him, it appears that Chelsea would be at the front of the queue to secure his services. Although Blues’ legend Frank Lampard was officially released last Friday, the England international could still pen a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge. Kroos, in the eyes of Mourinho, could be the ideal replacement for the club’s all-time top scorer.
Chelsea, unlike Bayern, would almost certainly be prepared to meet Kroos’s wage demands - which suggest there is a real chance he will start the 2015/16 campaign as a Premier League player.