Former German international Michael Ballack has backed Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos to consider all options when it comes to his future, according to German newspaper Bild (via TalkSPORT).
Kroos is being compared to a young Ballack, and the former Chelsea man spoke out on his current situation, saying:
I think he has been checking out his market value and he will know where he is in the salary structure.
It's important to know you're valued and it is perfectly legitimate that he looks around.
Of course, the young midfielder has every right to weigh his options, and if the talented German international feels like the best thing for his future would be to leave the Allianz Arena, he would not be short of suitors.
Playing in the centre of the pitch, Kroos has become an integral part of a Bayern team that is arguably the best in all of football, having won the UEFA Champions League and German Bundesliga last season and looking primed to do so again this year.
While Kroos isn't a particularly flashy player, his hard work and constant movement around the centre of the pitch and his excellent passing ability make him a nightmare to defend and an excellent fit for Pep Guardiola's system. But despite his big role on the team, it looks like the Bavarians are unwilling to give the midfielder a substantial raise.
This opens the door for Manchester United, who are in dire need of some midfield reinforcements. While Old Trafford might not appear to be a prime destination for top players with the turmoil surrounding the club right now, the Red Devils are still a top club with strong financial backing.
If Kroos does decide to leave Munich, the lure of being the star player to "fix" United and the massive paycheck he would no doubt be receiving in Manchester could be enough to sway the decision in United's favour. And it's not like the Red Devils are devoid of any talent. With stars like Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney, the foundation is there for the club to quickly return to the top of the Premier League.
Kroos will have the opportunity to witness firsthand whether Old Trafford would be a good home for him, as the Bavarians will travel to Manchester for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
But even if Kroos has no interest in joining the Red Devils, a player of his calibre will always find a home. And if the reports that money is at the centre of the conflict between player and club are true, one would have to assume Bayern will wise up and offer Kroos a better deal soon enough.
Team captain Philipp Lahm recently spoke to Bild on the matter and agreed it's normal for Kroos to consider every available option, but he also warned his teammate, saying it would be a bad idea to leave the club (per Sky Sports):
It is normal that one explores their position and negotiate.
But if you currently play for Bayern there are few alternatives, if any.
It is, in my eyes, an absolute privilege to play here because the team simply has the mentality to win.
Many players want to come to Bavaria, so you have to think carefully about whether you leave a club like this at the moment
With the summer transfer window still several months away and players focused on the end of the club campaigns and the upcoming World Cup, it is too soon for Kroos to decide where he wants to play next season.
But the young midfielder has every right to consider all opportunities, and the onus is on Bayern Munich to pay Kroos what he's worth.