Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly stayed in Germany to discuss the potential transfer of Toni Kroos.
The Red Devils have returned home after being knocked out of the Champions League by holders Bayern Munich, but Alan Nixon of the Mirror suggests that European business isn't over for Woodward:
Manchester United supremo Ed Woodward will stay in Germany overnight in a bid to thrash out a deal for Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos.
Woodward wants straight answers from the midfielder, who helped Bayern knock United out of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.
This report comes after a conscious effort from Bayern to deter rumours of Kroos' departure. Volker Struth, the midfielder's agent, is the latest professional to reiterate his client's future remains at the Allianz Arena. He told Bild, via ESPN:
"We are confronted with a variety of rumours for months but at the moment I believe that Toni plays in Bavaria until 2015 at least," said Struth.
Pep Guardiola recently insisted Kroos "will remain" with his squad throughout 2015, reported by the Manchester Evening News. This claim is strengthened by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who says he can "promise" Kroos will be a Bayern player next season, per John Edwards of the Daily Mail.
Perhaps most importantly, Kroos was quoted as saying to TZ, via ESPN, "I belong to Bayern Munich" after the first-leg tie.
Even so, Nixon's article suggests United are willing to fight for the versatile German. It comes after cryptic comments from David Moyes, who suggested that he is well on his way to securing summer signings despite the likely lack of top-class European football at Old Trafford next season, noted by David McDonnell of the Mirror:
"The ones [potential signings] who, quietly, someone might have had a word in their ear, have all been keen to come because they know it is a short thing, not a long thing and are all very keen to join such a great club," said Moyes.
Although this doesn't explicitly point toward Kroos, Moyes' quote provides a smidgen of hope after a terrible season for the Premier League champions. Currently seventh in the domestic division and out of all cup competitions, it's likely United won't qualify for next season's Champions League.
Top quality players such as Kroos need to be snapped up if a return is to happen anytime soon. The classy 24-year-old's array of attributes—led by his pinpoint vision, dogged work ethic and lethality from long range—would all be welcome in United's midfield.
Moyes is likely to have one season and two transfer windows to secure his job after saying he hopes Champions League football "will be one year away," per Sky Sports. His next round of acquisitions will ultimately decide his fate.
United fans may be holding onto false hope during the Kroos saga, certainly if the myriad statements from Bayern representatives are anything to go by. As Moyes proved with his failure to land individuals such as Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Daniele De Rossi last year, nothing should be taken for granted.