Following a somewhat disappointing season for Manchester United, changes are imminent at the Theatre of Dreams.
Whilst an FA Cup final at Wembley soon presents them with the chance to end their quest for silverware, a campaign of inconsistency in the Premier League sees them with an outside chance of securing Champions League football.
They currently sit fifth, five points behind third and fourth-placed Manchester City and Arsenal respectively with a game in hand.
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New additions are most certainly needed at Old Trafford to reinvigorate a squad which lacks the quality needed to sustain a title challenge.
Step forward, Toni Kroos. According to the Mirror, United are set to renew their interest in the Real Madrid midfielder this summer amidst their dire need for a creative spark.
The Germany international is exactly the quality needed to breathe life into the Red Devils’ ageing midfield, with Michael Carrick’s influence on the wane and summer signings Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger failing to make their mark.
Indeed, rumours have circulated in recent months over Kroos’ uncertain future at the Bernabeu, with Chelsea also a reported admirer.
There’s an interesting story to be told about United’s interest in the German, though. Back in 2014, manager Louis van Gaal pulled the plug on a potential deal to sign Kroos upon his arrival in Manchester.
This begs the question: does United’s renewed interest suggest their Dutch manager is heading towards the exit?
It’s all speculation, of course, but it’s worth wondering why Kroos is linked with another move to Old Trafford if Van Gaal didn’t want him in the first place.
Nevertheless, the 64-year-old’s future as United manager is in doubt following a campaign of criticism.
Jose Mourinho is favourite to take over, with a host of other names linked with summer moves to the Theatre of Dreams.
According to ESPN, Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of such individuals, the Englishman’s future in doubt following a difficult campaign in north London.
Similarly to United, big change is on the horizon for the Gunners and a clear-out of their squad could also see Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud shown the exit.
United would face competition for Oxlade-Chamberlain’s signature, though, with rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and West Ham all reportedly interested in the youngster’s services.
Any move would see history repeat itself where the two teams are concerned following Robin van Persie’s controversial move in 2012.
The Dutchman steered United to their 20th league title that season, whilst Arsenal narrowly secured the fourth Champions League spot in typical fashion.