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Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos fails to rule out Manchester United move

Mar 10, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT

Bayern Munich's Kroos celebrates after scoring against Arsenal during their Champions League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London Reuters

With contract talks stalling at Bayern Munich, it seems as though German international Toni Kroos is assessing his options.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who tore Arsenal apart in Bayern’s recent UEFA Champions League win at the Emirates, is out of contract at the end of next season and has been linked with a move to Manchester United for quite some time.

Kroos’ star has risen for club and country over the past few seasons, as his role at Bayern under new manager Pep Guardiola has increased and Munich’s new manager is extremely reluctant to let Kroos leave the reigning European champions.

Speaking to media ahead of Bayern’s last-16 clash with Arsenal at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, Kroos refused to rule out a move to England.

“No decision has been made. It is no secret the Premier League is a possibility. I will consider everything. If I should leave. I’ve heard that people have written that I might go to England. But there’s nothing new from my point of view. No decision has been made. The situation is that I don’t have any agreement right at the moment at Bayern. On the other side there is no agreement in place anywhere.”

If that isn’t a ‘come and get me’ plea, I don’t know what is.

Kroos is a sensational central midfielder who has all the tools to succeed in the modern game. Quick, tall, strong, able to play across midfield and attack, plus he possesses incredible ability on the ball and can finish superbly when given the chance, Kroos would be an absolute gem for United.

With the Red Devils rebuild needing a focal point and David Moyes continuing to scour Europe for new talent, including several trips to Germany to watch Bundesliga matches, many believe Kroos would be a great fit for United.

Having watched Kroos in person against Arsenal in Bayern’s 2-0 win in February, the German midfielder lashed in a whirling dervish into the top corner to put the Bavarian’s ahead and sprayed the ball around confidently throughout as he dictated Bayern’s tempo.

Kroos wants to feel wanted at Bayern, but with senior officials in Munich stating ‘everyone is replaceable’ as Kroos’ agents play hard ball, it seems as though United could nip in and snatch the talented German midfielder. Watch this space.

And if you had any sense about you, you’d watch Kroos in action against Arsenal this Tuesday. This guy is a real star and the PL would be delighted to welcome him to England.

  1. Dan - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Sorry EPL fans, this is little more than a negotiation tactic. Kroos is a homegrown Bayern player, through their academy and one of the best they have had come through the ranks along with Mueller, Lahm, and Schweinsteiger in recent years. Bayern will do what is necessary and get a deal set, IMHO.

  2. anonymous135 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Never heard of him referred as quick before… maybe quick with the ball between his feet. def not pacey though.

    Amazing in every other sense though

    • Joe Prince-Wright - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      I was surprised about this too, but seeing him live against Arsenal he just kept bursting forward past Flamini at every opportunity. Has a “deceptive burst of pace” shall we say…

      Also, as you said, his close control is immense. Kroos is a player that often gets overlooked with Bayern’s plethora of superstars, understandably so, but I’m glad he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves.

      Do you think he would fit in well with the Premier League style?

  3. chunkala - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Bayern just has so many quality players, is there room for all of them?

    • anonymous135 - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Wait till Lewandowski shows up…

      8-0 games lol

    • Dan - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      There will be some attrition after this term. There always is. But I agree, the abundance of riches Bayern have right now is simply a combination of a good youth system and spending money on transfers in the right places.

      All that said, I am not sure Kroos’s game translates as well to the PL as many would suggest. Still, a damn good player, no question.

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