After Manchester United made shockwaves in the January transfer window completing the £37m transfer of Juan Mata from Chelsea. Another name that was linked to the Red Devils was Toni Kroos. Kroos was targeted by Moyes during his squad revamp but the transfer failed to materialise.
But is the move to Old Trafford the right move to make?
Kroos’s current contract with the Bundesliga champions expires in the summer of 2015 and the 24 year old is seeking improved terms at the Allianz Arena. Kroos has been rotated around the Bayern midfield with ex-Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara. Midfield is arguably Pep Guardiola’s most strengthened position in his Champions League winning squad with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez also operating in the middle of the park. Kroos’s involvement in midfield has also been limited by the emergence of Phillip Lahm in the midfield who has been bossing games many times this season. Although Guardiola is an admirer of Kroos, he will always have competition for the starting role and can easily be replaced at Bayern should he try to play contract poker with the third richest club in the world. Kroos should keep this in my mind when debating over a new contract.
On the other hand in England, Kroos would no doubt improve the Manchester United midfield which has been lacking in recent times with the addition of Marouane Fellaini failing to bolster David Moyes’s options. With United seriously lacking in the Premier League table, the signing of Juan Mata will no doubt boost the clubs hopes of finishing in a Champions League place with the title seemingly out of reach. But with Liverpool possibly even being considered as title contenders as well as Everton and Tottenham challenging for fourth place, it’s becoming more and more difficult for United to reach Europe next season.
Kroos would be the ideal signing for Manchester United although there are numerous reports linking top four rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool with a move for the creative dynamo. However, his future still hangs in the balance.
Bayern could easily afford to pay Kroos the extra money he is demanding and a player of his quality is probably worth what he is asking for. However, Bayern will not be forced into giving into a players demands and could make an example out of Kroos that no player is bigger than the club.
In a football sense, it’s unclear why Kroos would want to leave Bayern for an inferior club. Bayern are treble winning club who are once again cruising to the Bundesliga title and still remain strong favourites for the Champions League crown. Alternatively Manchester United are a club in a transitional period and in serious danger of not playing Champions League football next campaign. Although Kroos would be the spearhead of the ‘new Manchester United’, it would be in his best interests if he were to continue to sport the number 39 jersey in Munich.