Toni Kroos has reportedly told Bayern Munich he wishes to join Manchester United in the summer.
As revealed by John Cross of the Mirror, the German midfielder is said to fancy a move to England after weeks of links to David Moyes' side:
"Bayern Munich superstar Toni Kroos is ready to join Manchester United," reads Cross' article. "Kroos has told Bayern and Germany team-mates that he is determined to make the switch to Old Trafford."
Cross suggests Real Madrid have also "sounded out" the player for whom United are willing to offer up to £40 million, with Kroos approaching the final year of his contract. These are massive claims, especially considering there is no word from the individual himself.
Jan Aage Fjortoft, a Germany-based pundit who continues to provide regular updates on Kroos' future, remains sceptical:
So Kroos tells his team-mates that he wants to join Manchester United, and theese team-mates tell an English paper?— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) April 7, 2014
Further doubt may be poured on the claims given that Kroos recently said, "I belong to Bayern Munich," per TZ and via ESPN FC. The 24-year-old also cleared the air surrounding a potential spat with Pep Guardiola, in which the duo appeared to argue upon Kroos' substitution during last week's Champions League tie at Old Trafford, per Stefan Coerts of Goal.com.
Kroos has gone out of his way to ensure Bayern know he is committed in media interviews across the last week, so it would be a sudden turn of events for him to begin suggesting a United move is on, especially considering Bayern host the Red Devils in Wednesday's European second leg.
Optimistic United fans will hope this revelation proves to be true. Kroos showed what an intelligent midfielder he is during the opening bout, controlling midfield with accurate passes and authority. His versatility could go a long way in England and is suited to the physical nature of the Premier League.
Will Toni Kroos join Manchester United in the summer?
The former Bayer Leverkusen loanee also adheres to Moyes' tendencies perfectly. Kroos can play as a central midfielder, from either wing, just behind the striker or in a deep role. Moyes' Everton was built around players who could perform multiple roles and short interlinking passes—think Steven Pienaar, Tim Cahill and Kevin Mirallas—suggesting Kroos could join the likes of Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa at United.
Even though United are allegedly prepared to offer Kroos £250,000 per week, Dave Filmer of Metro reported the player is "definitely" staying at the Allianz Arena.
Kroos' potential move is set to dominate the headlines until he either signs a new contract or rocks up in United red. We're approaching a summer of transfer rumours, but his link may be heightened due to Bayern's Champions League tie with the English club.
While many United fans will dream of having the classy midfield general in their line-up, it seems a deal is still a long way off.