Real Madrid target Toni Kroos' contract talks with current club Bayern Munich are reportedly no closer to being finalised amid continued speculation that he may be on his way out this summer.
Should Real sign Toni Kroos?
The German international—currently in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup—has only one year left on his contract at the Allianz Arena and has refused to accept terms offered by Bayern to extend his deal.
He has consistently been linked with Real—as well as Manchester United—but said at the end of last month that he expected to still be playing for the Bundesliga champions next season, per Bild (via Sky Sports' Thomas Zocher):
I am expecting to play for Bayern Munich next season. There was a lot of speculation, but Manchester is and was not an issue. At this point in time I am fully focused on preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. I know that I have to accept and respect the recent statements of the authorities at Bayern Munich.
However, it seems as though Real are looking to get their man sooner rather than later and have offered him a deal to bring him to the Bernabeu, per Bundesliga expert Cristian Nyari:
Real Madrid really adamant about getting Toni Kroos. Offered him a 5m Euro a year contract according to El Confidencial.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) June 9, 2014
Another midfielder reportedly of interest to the newly crowned Champions League winners is Chelsea and Brazil star Ramires.
According to Marca, the 27-year-old is a key target for Real boss Carlo Ancelotti this summer, and club president Florentino Perez has reportedly given the go ahead for a bid to be made.
BBC News' Robert Rea suggests that, at that price, Jose Mourinho would do well to cash in on the Brazil international after the recent arrival of Cesc Fabregas:
£25 for Ramires? Nearly what we're supposedly paying for Fabregas? Yes please. World's insane— Robert Rea (@robertrea) June 7, 2014
It would indeed mark a significant profit for Ramires, who arrived at Stamford Bridge four years ago for £17 million, per BBC Sport.
Ancelotti looks to be eager to bring in a new central midfielder as he aims for a revived tilt at the La Liga title in 2014-15 as well as a defence of the Champions League.
Both Kroos and Ramires are high-quality players and would be terrific additions to an already brilliant side. Greater solidity and possession in the centre of the park would truly make Real a difficult prospect for any side to take on.