Manchester United Transfer News: Toni Kroos a Top-Class Option for David Moyes

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2014

Bayern's Toni Kroos smiles during a news conference at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Agadir, Morocco, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Bayern Munich will face Guangzhou Evergrande in the first semi final on Tuesday, Dec 17. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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David Moyes did brilliantly to capture Juan Mata from Chelsea, but the Manchester United manager would excel himself if he follows this up by signing Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos.

The German international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent times, per James Dickenson of the Express, after Moyes was spotted with one of the player's agents:

Speculation has heightened since that United could make a move for Kroos, who has less than 18 months remaining on his current contract.

And when asked about his future, the 24-year-old admitted he could be set to leave Munich.

"I am unable to rule anything out," Kroos said.

While the signing of Mata addresses United's creative issues, Kroos' exceedingly well-rounded game would provide a huge boost in a number of areas.

The 24-year-old can play anywhere across midfield. He is most comfortable in the centre, but he also has the incisive nature to cut in from either flank while instinctively taking up attacking positions.

If needed, he can even be deployed in defensive midfield, although this does limit the inventiveness of Kroos' game.

Pep Guardiola has relied on Kroos in 23 games across the Bundesliga and Champions League this season, per WhoScored. He has scored one goal and provided five assists, but these stats don't do justice to a player who sprinkles class across the pitch.

Kroos pass success rate currently sits at 93 percent for the campaign, a figure made all the more impressive when you consider he successfully attempts 7.4 accurate long balls each match.

KHIMKI, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 27: Pontus Wernbloom (R) of PFC CSKA Moscow in action against Toni Kroos of FC Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between PFC CSKA Moscow and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Arena Khimki Stadium on November
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United's midfield lacks flow this year and can go missing in games where the centre is packed with opposition. Kroos is a powerful figure, but he covers the pitch effortlessly in comparison to current United flop Marouane Fellaini.

The Bayern star is always willing to get stuck in. Kroos has shown himself to be a determined battler in the middle of the park—summed up by the fact he currently completes 2.1 tackles per game. Once he wins the ball, a simple lay-off or forward-thinking pass sets Bayern on their way.

This transitional play is something United have struggled to replicate. Lethargic passing, be it from Michael Carrick, Fellaini or long balls from the defence, have continued to ensure a lack of rhythm for the Red Devils.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22:  David Moyes the Manchester United manager directs his players during the Capital One Cup semi final, second leg match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on January 22, 2014 in Manchester, England.
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Kroos' vast range of attributes make him a top-class addition to any team. Moyes recently indicated he is looking to build on the quality of Mata with players of a similar stature, something Kroos' acquisition would certainly do:

While the German's continued importance to Bayern could make a transfer nigh on impossible, Kroos would be a world-class addition to a United squad that is beginning to look toward the future.