Reports have indicated that Chelsea have offered Bayern Munich superstar Toni Kroos a lucrative £125,000-a-week deal to sign for the club this summer. And suggestions have been made that the Blues' huge offer to the German ace can't be matched by Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Kroos to Chelsea, however, appears to be an odd one. In two transfer windows, the Blues boss has already severely added to his midfield, with the signings of Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas. So, why then, is he looking at the possibility of bringing Kroos to Stamford Bridge?
A statement of intent
Perhaps the 'Special One' wants to further stamp his mark on this transfer window and send out a message to his rivals. The signing of Fabregas certainly improved his options, and many more high profile names are expected to join the Blues this summer.
Mourinho will be desperate to succeed next season, and will be more determined than ever after watching his side fail to land a trophy in 2013/14. He's not been afraid to mix things up already, with the likes of David Luiz, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole all out of the Stamford Bridge exit door.
That doesn't mean, however, that Kroos is needed at the club...
Matic and Fabregas
As mentioned, Matic and Fabregas have already been purchased by the Blues boss in recent months and the two of them could form a deadly partnership next term. Blues fans will certainly be excited at the prospect of the talented duo playing alongside each other.
A number of successful sides are built on quality midfield partnerships. Take Xavi and Andres Iniesta for many years at Barcelona and, this past season, Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso at Real Madrid as examples of how a midfield duo can act as a basis of a team.
Matic and Fabregas certainly could form a world class relationship of their own. Matic, who is by no means just a defensive midfielder, can accommodate Fabregas extremely well by breaking up the play and feeding him the ball to lead attacks. The Serbian, however, would be able to mix things up with Fabregas on occasions and get forward himself. It could prove to be the perfect balance.
Don't spoil it, Jose
Kroos, in his own right, is a very special player. He would fit into most sides in world football, but Mourinho doesn't need to add to what he's already got. He could spoil a very special partnership before it has even been given the chance to get going.
The German star would excel in the Premier League, but the time is not right for him to join Mourinho at the Bridge. On this occasion Roman Abramovich should put his chequebook away.
Manchester United, on the other hand, could do with signing the Bavarians superstar. The Red Devils have struggled in the middle of the park for some time and are in desperate need of midfield additions. The signing of Ander Herrera will certainly help, but Kroos should also be targeted.
If Mourinho really is in the market to land Kroos, then Van Gaal should get on the phone to Ed Woodward in order to persuade the United hierarchy to challenge the 'Special One' for the player's signature.
It remains to be seen as to whether Manchester United or Chelsea land Kroos, but it could be all change at both clubs ahead of next season.
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