Toni Kroos has asked to be allowed to leave Bayern Munich to be able to complete a move to either Manchester United or Real Madrid after the German champions refused to put him on a similar salary to other top stars.
According to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, the Germany international was unhappy with not being offered parity of pay with the likes of newcomers to the Allianz Arena, Javi Martniez, Mario Götze and Robert Lewnadowski. Manchester United have been linked with a move for Kroos for much of last season after news of his contract trouble arose and this report claims new Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal may have made the difference.
Van Gaal will take over at Manchester United once his duties as Holland manager at the World Cup in Brazil have finished and El Confidencial claim he has already telephoned Kroos to talk over a possible move. The Dutch coach gave the 24-year-old his Bayern debut after he was signed from rivals Bayer Leverkusen and the report suggests the two have a very good relationship.
Manchester United are expected to make significant additions to the squad this summer as they look to rebuild following the poor showing last season that could only see them finish seventh and get David Moyes the sack. Creativity and keeping the ball in midfield is one of the areas that many believe was lacking at Old Trafford and Kroos would be the ideal addition to address such a problem.
His contract with the Bavarian club expires in 2015 and he was expected to see it out after they could not agree an extension, but the latest developments could see a move happen as early as this summer. The report claims Real Madrid are also very keen on the midfielder but that they expect Manchester United to be favourites to sign because of his relationship with Van Gaal.