Chelsea’s hopes of signing Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos this summer have been boosted by the news that Spanish giants Real Madrid are poised to scrap their efforts for the Germany international. The European champions are not prepared to match or better the Blues’ hefty contract offer and could now turn their attention towards other targets.
According to reports in Spain - and brought to our attention by the Daily Star - Real Madrid’s £4 million-a-year offer is considerably lower than Chelsea’s £7 million-a-year deal. And while Kroos might be tempted by the bright lights of the Bernabeu, the chance to boost his bank balance at Stamford Bridge is likely to convince him to make the move to west London.
Kroos still has one year left on his current contract at the Allianz Arena - but Bayern Munich are not prepared to break their wage structure, even if it means losing the 24-year-old central midfielder. However, the Bundesliga champions have put plans in place to sell him this summer, rather than lose him for nothing next year.
Manchester United were expected to sign the midfielder this summer - David Moyes reportedly had a deal in place - but the plug was pulled by Louis van Gaal, despite the fact Kroos had openly admitted his fascination with the Premier League several months earlier.
Room for Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos?
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, though, must figure out whether there is room in his side for Kroos following the arrival of Spain international Cesc Fabregas, who completed his £30 million transfer from Barcelona last week. The departure of Frank Lampard means a space was freed up in central midfielder alongside January signing Nemanja Matic, but fitting Kroos into his system may require an unexpected shift in tactics from the Blues’ manager.
Another possibility may involve the sale of one of the club’s more advanced playmakers, such as Brazilian ace Oscar or Belgium international Eden Hazard. Both players have been linked with moves to French champions Paris Saint-Germain - who have already secured the services of Chelsea’s versatile defender David Luiz this summer - and Mourinho may decide to cash-in on one of them in order to accommodate Fabregas and Kroos in his first-choice starting line-up.
Pep Guardiola wants to keep Kroos
However, it’s no secret that Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of Kroos, and the former Barcelona head coach may put pressure on the club’s hierarchy to come to negotiate with the player over his wage demands.
According to reports, Guardiola would rather sell Bastian Schweinsteiger than Kroos because the former takes too long to circulate possession. But after failing to win the Champions League last season, Guardiola may not find himself in a position to call the shots at the Allianz Arena just yet.