Karl Hopfner, president of Bayern Munich, has confirmed the club isn't willing to tempt Toni Kroos with higher contract terms than previously offered.
The German midfielder is ferociously linked with a move to Manchester United, per David Wright of the Express. As reports continue to rumble on, Hopfner admitted Bayern will not exceed "financial limitations" to maintain the player's happiness, per Kicker and translated by 101 Great Goals:
"This is the state of things, no question… Certain financial limitations we will not be exceeded… at some point the player has to say but what he want," said Hopfner.
Raphael Honigstein of The Guardian suggested no higher offer will mean the end of Kroos' tenure at the Allianz Arena:
Pep still wants him to stay but Bayern haven't improved their contract offer (says president Hopfner in Kicker): looks like Kroos will go— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) May 22, 2014
Reacting to Honigstein's tweet, Germany-based pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft indicated Kroos is more likely to leave in a year's time:
.@honigstein says B"ayern wont improve offer and Pep wants him to stay". Kroos says most likely to stay till 2015. So free 2015...?— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) May 22, 2014
"It's no secret that the Premier League is not a bad league… I am a man for whom anything is possible," Kroos told Kicker, also via 101 Great Goals. These comments come in stark contrast to his previous interview with TZ, reported by ESPN, where Kroos indicated, "I belong to Bayern Munich."
Both the player and Bayern hierarchy have continued to discuss the potential transfer in public, but Kroos' ambivalence doesn't seem to be shared by the board. Franz Beckenbauer indicated the 24-year-old shouldn't get too cocky when demanding a higher wage prior to Hopfner's similar statement, reported by Jamie Jackson of The Guardian:
You have to make a decision as a club when someone's demands are going through the roof. There is not a single player who's worth changing your entire wage structure for. Nobody's indispensable. If the player wants to stay at Bayern, I can only advise him not to overplay his hand.
Kroos must now take the initiative on his future. Bayern have played their hand and aren't willing to budge, an admirable move when so many clubs are held to ransom by their players these days. If Kroos wishes to remain in Bavaria, he must commit to their terms.
He is destined to be a key player wherever he ends up. Kroos is able to usher a sense of calm efficiency over Bayern's midfield, mopping up loose balls while also beginning lengthy assaults on the opposition's goal. Manchester United currently lack such a well-rounded midfielder and need someone with his energy to dominate the middle.
Kroos would undoubtedly be a statement signing for Louis van Gaal. The newly installed United boss needs to secure a plethora of top-class transfers if the Red Devils are to better the dismal campaign previously suffered at Old Trafford, where Kroos could provide one piece of a jigsaw that quickly needs rebuilding.