Spanish side Real Madrid are close to securing the signature of Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, after reportedly offering him £4 million a year after tax to join the Champions League winners, The Independent reports.
Real Madrid have been chasing the young German midfielder for several weeks now, with an expected transfer fee off £25 million to be accepted for the player. The deal, if completed, will go through officially after the World Cup, with The Independent claiming “Kroos is believed to be upset with the club as his wages do not compare to top earners such as Mario Gotze and Franck Ribery.” Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola said back in February, “It is up to Toni. He is a young person, it is his decision.”
ESPN and The Daily Mail claimed several days ago that Louis van Gaal offered the German international a staggering £260,000 a week to quadruple his current wages of £76,000 a week. With van Gaal supposedly desperate to sign the youngster in front of players such as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jordy Clasie, it seems to be Real Madrid who have won the race after Kroos reportedly had a private conversation with Van Gaal and told the Dutch manager he was not interested in joining United.
Just weeks after completing the ‘La Decima’ which has been chased by the club for several years, the obsession is finally finished. However, Ancelotti knows that the job has only just begun, with the club now looking to secure more and more Champions League titles to add to their already special 10 titles.
In Real Madrid’s already strong side, they are looking to improve their central midfield to further supplement their attacking force of Benzema, Ronaldo and Bale. Kroos will be a perfect match for the Madrid side, with his wide array of passing, willingness to get back and defend as well as his knack for goalscoring. German newspaper Bild has reported that Kroos turned down Manchester United for Champions League football, plus the chance to play for the Champions League holders was too good to turn down. It looks very likely that Real Madrid will secure the signing of the German international.
Last season, Toni Kroos scored six goals in 45 games along with four assists. These goals and assists were all contributed from a deep midfield position. He would often sit back and string passes together, creating attacks before allowing the likes of Robben and Muller to create the goals after he has started the initial attack. Kroos has been improving rapidly over the last two seasons with more and more game time in the Bayern Munich side. His wages will be high and the transfer fee will be expensive for a player who has won several league titles already for his club side.
Written by Joshua Bean