It is fair to say that the Bayern Munich hierarchy from the newly installed President, Karl Hopfner to the overly ambitious Chief Executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge are all but regretting their decision to sell midfielder Toni Kroos.
Despite a long and tantalising string of contract talks held with Kroos, over the possibility of signing the playmaker on a new four-year deal, it was thought that his wage demands were a step too far and distasteful to a club who had turned him into a world beater.
In a fit of uncontrollable rage and jealousy, alongside the added incentive of a fresh bid tabled in the region of €30 million by Real Madrid, Hopfner called Kroos’ bluff and arguably shipped Bayern’s most promising player onto to the European champions.
Less than a month after arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu the 24-year-old has integrated perfectly into Madrid’s newly revamped side, with his last two performances for the Spanish giants indicating that he will be a force for many years to come whilst wearing the legendary white outfit.
Having lost Kroos for what looks like for good just for the sake of making him one of the club's most well-paid players, it can be said that Bayern will no doubt be itching to find a replacement who can fill the void left by German international.
However, this is easier said than done, with Bayern more likely to find the Awu Maru treasure in Arjen Robben’s cellar rather than to acquire a player in the same class as Kroos for the same obscure amount of money.
Everyone including tight-lipped Guardiola, knows that the departure of Kroos as left a gaping big hole in the centre of Bayern’s midfield, with their dream of recording a second hat-trick of trophies for a second time in three years, very much drifting away.
Over the hill?
With Bastian Schweinsteiger and Phillipp Lahm alongside “Robbery” well into their early 30’s and becoming even more prone to long-term injuries than ever before, it is obvious to suggest that Bayern are in desperate need to rejuvenate their squad.
Although Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira is currently one name on everyone’s lips, the possibility of Bayern lining up a move for PSG wonderkid, Marco Verratti is pure luxury. Bayern are the pinnacle of everything to do with Germany and their reserve nature, with the record 24 Bundesliga champions rarely making big money signings.
In the past two days it has been reported in the German, French and Italian media that Bayern have shown serious interest in Verratti who reportedly is keen on a move away from PSG.
Although Premier League side Arsenal are also said to be interested in acquiring the services of a midfielder who impressed was one of only a few players to stand out in Italy’s disastrous World Cup campaign, it can be argued that the Allianz Arena outfit have the bigger incentive.
With Kroos now gone and very much not forgotten the German champions simply need a young and promising central midfielder to keep Bayern’s opposition and fans on their feet.
It can also be said that if Guardiola is still hell-bent on ensuring that Bayern play his out of date and touch style of tiki-taka football, Verratti would make an excellent acquisition.
Right man for the job
At just the tender age of 21 Verratti is already being dubbed in his native Italy as the new Andrea Pirlo and it is easy to see why he is already being compared to arguably the best total midfielder of the 21st century.
Just like Pirlo, he loves to dictate the game as he toys with the opposition before using his eagle like vision to make the jaw dropping assists, which are normally followed up with an equally as beautiful goal.
Although the Italian international failed to score a single goal for PSG last season he managed to grab eight crucial assists in 43 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit, and it is obvious to suggest that the 21 year old will be given more playing-time next season to further develop his skills.
Better than Kroos?
However, this does not provide positive reading for everyone involved with Bayern with the Parisians understandably keen to keep a hold of a player who could arguably become even better than Toni Kroos in his current position.
As a result Bayern would most likely have to bid a tear-wincing €50 million to have any chance of persuading the French giants to sell Verratti, money which the Bavarian giants have, but are cautious of giving up.
Guardiola has reiterated that he intends to build a squad for the future and is constantly on the look-out for players who will be able to make a difference at Bayern, and with the club in desperate need of a central midfielder, we could see a bid go in for Veratti.
Star in the making
The 21-year-old would link up brilliantly with the other youngsters at the club, most notably the midfield trio of David Alaba, Mario Gotze and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, and it is obvious to say that Bayern’s ability to dominate world football once more will inevitably lie with their youth.
The Bavarain giants have already shot themselves in the foot by selling Kroos to Real Madrid, but could the possible signing of Verratti provide the aftercare they need for many years to come?