Manchester United are currently in a state of turmoil and will hope this summer's transfer window plays a big hand in getting the club back to their former state of glory, with a move for Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos high on the agenda.
According to the Daily Mail's John Edwards, David Moyes is hoping the German's ongoing contract dispute will lend its hand in helping United land the marvel midfielder's signature:
Kroos recently admitted he was ready to leave not just Bayern but the Bundesliga altogether if he was unsuccessful in elevating his earnings from £60,000 a week to around £150,000.
If that was music to Moyes’ ears, the Manchester United manager will be just as heartened to hear that Bayern have called a halt to negotiations with the midfielder’s representatives, in exasperation at their refusal to lower their sights.
The Premier League has proven to be a most lucrative option for many of Europe's most sought-after talents, and if big wages are what's required to land one of the most talented and consistent playmakers on the continent, then so be it.
On Tuesday evening, the 24-year-old was successful in winning his third Bundesliga title with Bayern, scoring in their 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin.
However, ESPN's Kevin Palmer questions whether Kroos could now contemplate stooping to United's current standards:
Toni Kroos scored for Bayern as they won the German title tonight. Can anyone see him giving that up to join United now? #MUFC— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) March 25, 2014
FourFourTwo's Stats Zone Twitter account brings more context to Kroos' individual performance against Hertha, which saw him maintain his incredible pass-completion average of this term:
The scenario is an odd one, admittedly. Kroos sits as one of the most valued young players at the Allianz Arena, and indeed in world football. But a mixture of lower-wage constraints and club policy could threaten to ease the player out their doors this summer.
It would be a miracle coup for the Red Devils, potentially bringing a bigger impact than that of Mesut Ozil's £42.5 million move to Arsenal last summer, or Manchester City's various marquee signings such as when Robinho swapped Real Madrid for the then-unheralded club.
Such is the gulf between United and Bayern right now, both in terms of class and direction, that Kroos would make an enormous career sacrifice—including the forfeit of Champions League football—to switch to Old Trafford.
The centre of midfield is arguably United's weakest area of the team, with last summer's £27.5 million acquisition Marouane Fellaini just not cutting it in his maiden season with the champions.
What's an appropriate transfer price for Kroos?
For all the uncertainty that the Belgian has brought, Kroos would be the opposite—a surefire fix to a problem that the club have had for numerous seasons now, going through inadequate option after inadequate option.
Granted, Bayern may demand an astronomical fee for the player, but it's a somewhat disappointing truth that money may ultimately be the answer to United buying back their happiness.
And a signing of massive magnitude is needed in a time where settling for good—rather than great—has become a more common sight for the reigning English champions.
The argument has arisen this season that Moyes inherited an unchanged squad from Sir Alex Ferguson, a side that were nevertheless capable of winning last season's Premier League. However, morale and other mental attributes are just as—if not more—important in football, and there's no telling what Ferguson's departure may have done to the mindsets of some in the Red Devils' roster.
Whatever the issue may be, Kroos is a league above anything United have at their disposal right now, and he would rank among some of the best talents in the English top flight should he choose to switch.
As well as possessing a 92 percent passing accuracy and succeeding with 88 percent of his dribbles this term, per Squawka, Bayern's youth graduate has also made 32 scoring chances for his club in 25 Bundesliga appearances.
That's not to suggest Kroos would solve the club's woes single-handedly, as after all, no one man is an island. But rarely does a player on such an upward curve in his career suddenly switch to a club seemingly suffering such a spiralling collapse.
His addition would be the start of Moyes' revolution, a sign of more to come from the club in huge transition, and a turn undoubtedly for the better.