Manchester United are set to launch a club-record £40 million bid for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, according to reports.
The Red Devils have been linked with Kroos' services since the January transfer window, but after facing the classy German in Tuesday's 1-1 Champions League draw, David Moyes is ready to act. Alan Nixon of the Mirror reports the following:
Manchester United will make a staggering club-record £40million bid for Toni Kroos to try to tempt Bayern Munich into selling the midfielder.
United boss David Moyes wants the Germany international to be his key signing of the summer - and the Old Trafford money men are ready to back the project.
Kroos enters the final year of his contract at the end of the season, meaning he could leave for free in 2015. Nixon believes a hefty offer would give Bayern "a real dilemma," analysis supported by comments made by Franz Beckenbauer back in February.
The German legend suggested Kroos "shouldn't raise the stakes too high" with regards to a potential new deal. United were said to be preparing wages of £250,000 per week for the player, news reported by Sky Sports.
TZ (via ESPN) reported quotes provided by Kroos after his recent appearance at the Theatre of Dreams, and he appears to confirm his commitment to the German champions:
"It is a beautiful stadium," said Kroos. "But I belong to Bayern Munich and that's good."
Jan Aage Fjortoft, a Germany-based pundit who continues to provide updates on this story, hinted Kroos' comments should never be taken at face value:
Me:How did you like Old Trafford? Kroos:Liked it a lot.Great atmosphere Me:The chances u will play a LOT more here He:Future I decide later— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) April 1, 2014
I like Kroos.He is a good guy. He knew what I would ask him.I knew what he would answer What will he do? Not sure. He is a good poker-player— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) April 1, 2014
The Bayern midfielder took on a reserved role during the clash with United. He wasn't afforded the opportunity to burst forward like Bayern goalscorer Bastian Schweinsteiger, but Kroos highlighted his passing qualities with a distribution act of real quality.
Kroos completed 96 percent of his 92 passes, executing all 12 long-ball attempts, per WhoScored.com. He also supported Bayern's full-backs when United broke forward down the flanks, successfully completing two clearances from deep positions.
The player's versatility has been summed up during his appearances in England this season. Against Arsenal, Kroos curled home a delicious opener to give his side the advantage, advancing to the box in a freer role. During the battle with United, his discipline and team ethic came to the fore.
Moyes needs to build his United squad around this type of player. Kroos would be expensive at £40 million, but this is not a summer in which the Scottish manager has time to dither. He needs to capture his targets as quickly as possible, without fuss, unlike last year's shenanigans.
While this transfer still appears a distant dream for United fans, a concrete bid is sure to get Bayern thinking.