Want away Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos is reportedly close to agreeing a deal that will see him swap the Bundesliga champions for European champions Real Madrid, with the Spanish club set to entice the midfielder with a bumper wage packet.
According to the German sports paper Bild, Madrid have offered the 24-year-old a deal that will see him earn £4million-a-year after tax, which represents a significant improvement on the £3.25million equivalent that his current employers are offering.
Kroos has been publicly unhappy at Bayern since contract negotiations first broke down at the back end of last year and has made his intention to leave Bayern clear if the club are unwilling to meet his wage demands.
While Kroos may have felt such a move would force the club into urgent action, Bayern have refused to budge from their initial offer and insist they are prepared to see the player leave for free when his current contract expires at the end of next season and have stated that Kroos will not be allowed to leave the Allianz Arena this summer.
Kroos has been an integral part of Bayern’s success in the past few seasons and is the major creative force in the German side’s midfield, boasting an excellent range of passing with either foot and the ability to unleash a thunderous shot on goal from distance with unerring accuracy.
Kroos had been drawing attention from Manchester United with new manager Louis van Gaal believed to be keen on a reunion with the German international and views him as the fulcrum of his new look United midfield with the club believed to be willing to up Kroos’ wage to a staggering £250,000 per week in order to convince him to move to Old Trafford.
While United are a club very much in transition Madrid are a team on the up and the lure of joining a club who have just won the Champions League for the first time in twelve years coupled with the chance to play alongside star names such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale may prove to much to resist for the German playmaker.
The deal will ultimately hinge on Bayern’s willingness to sell and they have already made it clear that they are in control of Kroos’ future and are not about to be forced into any action that does not benefit them and selling Kroos to a major European rival does not seem to be in their best interest meaning Kroos’ is likely to remain under Pep Guardiola’s stewardship for one more season at least.
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