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Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Reports Surrounding Toni Kroos

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Danny Welbeck of Manchester United challenges Toni Kroos of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2014

Long-term Manchester United target Toni Kroos has reportedly asked current club Bayern Munich to listen to offers from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

According to El Confidencial (via 101 Great Goals), Real manager Carlo Ancelotti is looking to strengthen his midfield over the summer, and Kroos has asked Bayern to negotiate with the Bernabeu outfit should an offer come in for him. 

The German international only has one year left on his current contract but recently expressed his belief that he would not be leaving the Allianz Arena this summer, per Bild (via FourFourTwo):

I would be very surprised (if Bayern let him leave before end of his contract in 2015). The club was very clear and told me that a transfer in 2014 would not be possible. There has been much speculation, but Manchester United was never an issue and is no issue right now.

However, it now seems that he is trying to engineer a way out of Munich, but not to Old Trafford. This is something of a blow for United, who have long been linked with the 24-year-old star.

The appointment of former Bayern manager Louis van Gaal as United's new boss had raised hopes that the Kroos move may be on because of the pair's relationship from the Dutchman's time in Munich. 

However, reports at the end of last month suggested that Van Gaal had not made the signing of Kross an integral part of his plans for United, per ESPN FC:

The Sunday Times' Jonathan Northcroft speculated that former United manager David Moyes had been eager to sign Kroos, but Van Gaal was going in a different direction:

Either way, the young German could have been hugely beneficial to a United team who have lacked great presence in the centre of the park in recent years, but it now seems Kroos wants a switch to Madrid.

The newly crowned Champions Legaue winners are in need of greater strength in the midfield. The club have also been linked with Juventus' Paul Pogba, per Miles Chambers on Goal.com.  

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 18:  Paul Pogba (L) of Juventus is challenged by Andrea Tabanelli of Cagliari Calcio during the Serie A match between Juventus and Cagliari Calcio at Juventus Arena on May 18, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Ima
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However, Kroos would seemingly be an equally good prospect for the La Liga club. He made 29 appearances in Bayern's Bundesliga-winning 2013-14 campaign, scoring two goals, providing four assists and had an average pass completion rate of over 90 per cent, per WhoScored.com

He is a confident marshall of the midfield and would add great quality to an already very impressive Madrid side. 

Whether or not Kroos does end up moving to Spain, it is looking increasingly likely that a once-anticipated move to Old Trafford is no longer on the cards for the German.

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