It is evident that Blues boss Jose Mourinho is keen to add weapons to his attack in overhauling the roster amid the summer transfer window. Such a bold undertaking would appear to enhance Chelsea's chances—and would certainly open up the financial means required—to land Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos.
The Express' Jamie Anderson reports Thursday that Mourinho intends to let go of five players valued at £75 million. Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star then noted that Mourinho has recently been linked to Kroos.
The 24-year-old Kroos has yet to strike an extension with Bayern Munich, and he has just one year left on his current contract. That has him thinking he may be headed elsewhere for the prime of his career.
"There's nothing new to report," said Kroos, per The Express' James Dickenson. "With respect to the time before the World Cup, nothing at all has changed...If anything does happen, then you will all find out."
Cristian Nyari of The New York Times highlighted how spot-on Kroos can be as a passer by describing his performance in Germany's 4-0 World Cup win over Portugal:
Toni Kroos vs Portugal: Mach-high 76 passes, 1 assist, 96% passing accuracy, 100% of his tackles won. Phenomenal all around.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) June 16, 2014
City and Liverpool scored 102 and 101 goals respectively. While Mourinho instilled his hard-nosed style of football that resulted in Chelsea allowing a league-low 27 goals, they scored 71. Not a bad total, yet it pales in comparison to the EPL class of this last campaign.
Mourinho tends to rule with an iron fist. It's a style that has produced results and made him a beloved figure at Stamford Bridge for approximately a decade. This is his second stint with the club. After only one season, Mourinho has already established a brutish, autocratic approach in his dealings with the organisation and personnel decisions.
The roster reshuffling and the prospective pursuit of Kroos don't seem to be mutually exclusive, as there seems to be a theme with Mourinho's tactics before the transfer market opens July 1.
Signing Cesc Fabregas from league adversary Arsenal already bolsters the midfield, and according to the Daily Star's Nick Lustig, Mourinho is in the running to reunite with former Real Madrid ally Sami Khedira.
But adding an attacking midfielder of Kroos' caliber would make Chelsea even more formidable. Fabregas is more of a finisher, but Kroos brings the calm, finesse and physicality to fit in Mourinho's system. The creative playmaking and imaginative opportunities Kroos and Fabregas could generate together are compelling to ponder.
Should Chelsea make a transfer deal to land Toni Kroos?
Combine that duo with the young wingers Oscar and Eden Hazard, and Chelsea is looking all the more magnificent on paper, especially with regard to counter-attacking.
Perennial powerhouse Manchester United seek to bounce back after a lackluster one year under manager David Moyes. He was sacked after the Red Devils determined he wasn't the proper successor to legend Sir Alex Ferguson. United are also in pursuit of Kroos, so Mourinho would do well to ward off another rival by acquiring Kroos and beating them to the punch.
The Blues must find a way to take the next step toward an EPL trophy, and they were also close in the UEFA Champions League before falling to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.
Perhaps there's a paradigm shift occurring for Mourinho, straying from his stalwart, defensive mindset that has garnered both praise and sharp criticism for being too bland. If he can instill the fundamentals of defending in the Blues next season while teaming Kroos and Fabregas to lead the transition into the attack, Chelsea will be a far more dynamic and explosive club.
Mourinho's aggressive transfer plans suggest he has a singular, strong vision that he's trying to fulfill with conviction. Bringing in Kroos will go a long way in determining the success Mourinho has in producing top-notch results after dismantling a nucleus that strung together some impressive finishes on the most important stages this last season.