Manchester United Transfer News: Toni Kroos to Be Lured with Wayne Rooney Money

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2014

MINSK, BELARUS - OCTOBER 02:  Toni Kroos of FC Bayern Muenchen in action during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between FC Bayern Muenchen and FC BATE Borisov at the Dinamo Stadium on October 2, 2012 in Minsk, Belarus. (Photo by Maksim Malinouski/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Manchester United will tempt Toni Kroos away from Bayern Munich with wages of £250,000 per week, according to reports.

The German superstar—who recently broke Arsenal hearts after slamming home a fantastic goal during the Champions League clash at the Emirates—is in line to receive three times the wages he currently earns in the Bundesliga, according to Alan Nixon of the Mirror:

Wayne Rooney has just agreed a £300k-per-week extension to his contract and [David] Moyes believes he can use his new financial firepower to tempt the Germany international midfielder to the Old Trafford giants.

Kroos' recent excellent form has seen him rewarded with real praise from German media, as summarised by Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC. Bertliner Zeitung called him "the most complete German midfielder," while Die Welt suggested he could be more important than Bastian Schweinsteiger at the 2014 World Cup.

Despite constant speculation and Bayern's refusal to meet Kroos' wage demands, the player insists he is content at the Allianz Arena, per Uersfeld's report:

"Like I have said many times, I am happy at Bayern. But as matters stand today, we have yet to come to an understanding. But that can change," said Kroos.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Toni Kroos of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring the opening goal with Javi Martinez of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Arsenal and FC Bayern Muenchen at Emirates Stadium
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United's recent capture of Juan Mata, plus Wayne Rooney's decision to ink the aforementioned bumper contract, has initiated an exciting phase of rebuilding for the Premier League strugglers.

David Moyes is extremely confident of landing world-class talent at the end of the season, as highlighted by quotes attributed to him via Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail:

I said to you, and you’ll get to know when I say it I mean it, that we’d be in for all the best players in the world—and that hasn't changed.

All the top players want to play for Manchester United. I can’t tell you the amount of phone calls I've had from top players around the world who want to play for Manchester United.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Juan Mata of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on February 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Im
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Whether Kroos has Moyes on speed dial is yet to be confirmed, but it's clear the Red Devils boss plans a busy summer.

Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer has denied the club will offload their seemingly in-demand player this summer, per an alternate Uersfeld report on ESPN FC:

We value Toni. We have underlined that several times. Toni is under contract until the summer of 2015. Until then nothing will change. And we try hard to make him stay beyond that.

Kroos has netted two goals and provided six assists across 27 appearances in the Bundesliga and Champions League this season, as noted by He is a versatile midfielder, someone who can play box-to-box or in a deeper role. The 24-year-old is clever on the ball, possesses excellent vision and is dangerous when taking shots from long range.

United could face competition for his signature from their English rivals, per John Edwards of the Daily Mail. Moyes may have to act quickly to stem the pressure of Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, suggesting it will be a hectic summer for the player who is likely to increase his value at the World Cup.