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Manchester United to sign Toni Kroos? Think again

Apr 16, 2014, 7:58 AM EDT

Toni Kroos, Pierre-Michel Lasogga AP

Following his stunning performances for Bayern Munich this season, German midfielder Toni Kroos is a man in demand.

Over the past 24 hours Manchester United are reported to have offered the Bayern midfielder a deal worth over $430,000 a week.

After a press conference on Tuesday, Bayern manager Pep Guardiola has conceded he can’t force Kroos, 24, to stay on board with the German giants but that chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge  and sporting director Mathias Sammer are working on it.

“Rummenigge and Sammer will do everything to keep Toni here. But it is up to Toni, he is a young person, it is his decision.”

Then German outlet Bild reported on Wednesday that Kroos’ agent has quashed any rumors of his star man leaving the Bundesliga this summer to play for Manchester United. That is because Kroos’ current deal with Bayern is set to run out in the summer of 2015, so he’s leaving his options open and playing hardball when it comes to signing a new deal. Also, that means if he signs for a big club as f ree agent, he and his agent get a massive signing-on fee all to themselves.

“There has not been any official contract offer [from Manchester United],” Kroos’ representative told Bild. “And there is absolutely no need to table an official bid either because Toni will stay with Bayern Munich at least until 2015.”

Kroos is satying put with Bayern until 2015, it seems. Yet will the German and European champions really allow him to run down the remaining year on his contract and risk losing him for nothing? Surely it would be a smart move to cash in on him this summer if, as expected, he doesn’t want to extend his contract with Bayern.

Expect this saga to rumble on. Man United want a player of Kroos’ caliber to build their midfield around, while Bayern are reluctant to give him up.

As is always is in the modern the game, the player has the power to decide his future. Kroos will be the winner here, no matter where he ends up.

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