Manchester United Transfer News: Toni Kroos a Brilliant Target for Red Devils

Jason Pettigrove@@jaypetti1971Contributor IMarch 15, 2014

Manchester United's David Moyes has been given a boost in his expected pursuit of sought-after Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos.

According to Charles Perrin of the Daily Express, Spanish super power Real Madrid have pulled out of the running to sign the brilliant 24-year-old German international.

Kroos' contract situation has been up in the air for a while, and Bayern will likely do all they can to keep hold of a player who currently earns £70,000 per week but who wants to double his salary according to Bild (h/t Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror.)

It's a manoeuvre that doesn't sit well with Bayern legend and honorary president Franz Beckenbauer.

Der Kaiser, per David Hytner of The Guardian said that "no player is 'indispensable'" or "worth changing your entire wage structure for." 

Kroos himself left the door open for Moyes when he was quoted as saying, per The Express, "No decision has been made. It is no secret that the Premier League is a possibility for me."

He's certainly a player that Manchester United should break the bank for.

Fro the very first moments of this season, Kroos has been a cut above his contemporaries when given the opportunity by Pep Guardiola.

Jan Aage Fjortoft noted the same via his Twitter account:

He also has the best pass accuracy in the Champions League this season according to WhoScored's Twitter:

Dan Coombs of HereIsTheCity details his contribution in the recent Champions League tie with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

It was a simply majestic performance from the player. With a 9.9 WhoScored rating, a stunning goal and a 97 percent pass completion rate from 172 passes, he was a deserving Man of the Match recipient.

To put the staggering amount of successful passes into context, it was more than Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Flamini and Kieran Gibbs combined.

Let's not kid ourselves either. Arsenal are noted as a passing team in the best traditions of the game.

Kroos took the game by the scruff of the neck and completely overshadowed everyone else on the pitch including Thiago Alcantara, whom Moyes had pursued with such vigour unsuccessfully last summer.

There is no real comparison with the current United midfielders in situ, if we take a look at the table below.

Season 2013/14
Pass CompletionAverage passes per gameKey PassesAssists
Toni Kroos91.6 percent70.51.24
Marouane Fellaini89.4 percent49.80.30
Michael Carrick88.1 percent72.50.90
Juan Mata88.1 percent63.72.83
Wayne Rooney80.5 percent46.42.110
Adnan Januzaj80 percent20.51.12
Tom Cleverley89.6 percent54.90.50

Pep Guardiola has generally employed a 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1 formation during the course of this season, and Kroos has found himself in a variety of positions.

In the former, we find the midfielder in a more attacking central role just behind the main striker, and in the latter, he occupies the left-sided defensive midfield slot currently the domain of Marouane Fellaini.

Such versatility, and the ability to provide general all-round excellence in each position, is what marks Kroos out as a truly outstanding young talent and one who will clearly enhance the United midfield.

By swapping Munich for Manchester, Kroos will guarantee himself a starting berth rather than being an after-thought for Guardiola's side.

The Catalan has a plethora of midfield talent at his disposal, and it's simply impossible for him to play everyone at once. 

Given his performances however, you would expect that Kroos would be the first name down on the team sheet.

Perhaps being tough on the player is part of Guardiola's strategy. He certainly appears in no mood to let him leave per David Hytner of The Guardian:

Toni is a great talent, a good player.

He's young and he can be better and better. I've said to him: 'You have time to become an even better player.'

I hope he maintains his form this season – and for more seasons at this club.

Kroos has been keen to distance himself from any rumours, equally, he will not commit his future to the German club.

Chances to acquire such talent don't come around too often.

Time for the United to dig deep.







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