Pep Guardiola Discusses Transfer of Reported Manchester United Target Toni Kroos

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2014

Bayern's Toni Kroos waits for a penalty during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Braunschweig, in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Pep Guardiola has hinted Toni Kroos may be on his way out of Bayern Munich before the transfer window closes on Jan. 31. 

The Bayern Munich manager spoke after Kroos' irritated reaction to being substituted against Stuttgart, suggesting Manchester United could make a late swoop for the German international's signature, per John Drayton of the Daily Mail:

"He (Kroos) is an important player but things can move fast in football," said Guardiola. "Here today, gone tomorrow."

Kroos launched his gloves to the ground in a fit of frustration after being removed from the Jan. 29 Bundesliga tie, a match Bayern were losing 1-0 when he departed.

Claudio Pizarro—the 24-year-old's replacement—netted the equaliser 16 minutes after coming on, before a stunning Thiago Alcantara scissor kick gave Guardiola's men victory at the death.

Although Kroos' substitution appeared to be a smart tactical change, the player's reaction will give United fans hope of landing his services in the near future.

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Drayton's report suggests the club could offer up to £25 million for the player, while his weekly wage of around £150,000 per week wouldn't be a problem.

Speculation about Kroos' future has intensified since David Moyes was spotted with Sascha Breese, the player's agent, reported by Alex Richards of the Mirror.

Kroos has since told kicker he is "unable to rule anything out" with regards to a move, per Sky Sports.

While he remains a key player at the Allianz Arena—having made 24 appearances across the Bundesliga and Champions League this season, per—it seems all is not well with the versatile midfielder.

An ambitious bid from Moyes could significantly strengthen United's hopes of gaining that important fourth spot in the Premier League.

Kroos is able to dominate in the centre, possesses the natural attacking instincts to cut in from either flank, and is a physical specimen who could add bulk to a currently lightweight Red Devils midfield.

His passing accuracy, which currently stands at 92.7 percent for the season, would also initiate fast-paced transitions that are missing from United's play.

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While Guardiola's comments provide the English club with hope, United are yet to confirm they are in for Kroos' signature. Moyes' appearance alongside Breese may have been coincidental, especially considering the agent also boasts Marco Reus amongst his clientele, per Richards' report.

Moyes may have been scouting Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Patrick Hermann, as noted by Mark Ogden of The Telegraph.

Whatever the objective of his visit, the United manager has confirmed he wishes to follow the signing of Mata with further quality:

While United fans can certainly take heart from Guardiola's curious comments, a deal for Kroos still remains unlikely in the transfer window.