Toni Kroos reportedly has his eyes set on joining Real Madrid, but the club will have to display patience as they try and secure the German's signature.
As reported by Marca (h/t the Express' Anthony Chapman), Kroos is eager to move to Madrid, but Bayern Munich won't allow the midfielder to complete the move before the end of his contract.
Los Blancos have reportedly been in negotiations with the Bavarian giants, which have remained steadfast in not giving in to the player's demands, to the despair of one Real club source:
"It's impossible with Bayern. The same thing happened to us with Ribery, it was hopeless. Above all, it's down to the mentality of German clubs. He'll have to see his contract out."
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Kroos has been very vocal in his desire for an improved contract, and Bayern have refused to give the player what he wanted. A split between both parties seems inevitable at this point, but rather than cashing in on the player, Bayern are electing to keep him at the club for one more year.
Real could force the Bavarians into a move with a substantial offer, but in the age of Financial Fair Play, simply waiting for Kroos to become available on a free transfer is a more sensible move.
Patience is the way forward for Los Blancos, and not just because it could pay financial dividends. Kroos is a fantastic player, but how he would fit into Real's plans for the future remains a bit of a question.
After all, Luka Modric's 2013-14 season was his best yet in the Spanish capital, and with the Croatian taking up much of the same spaces on the pitch as Kroos would, it would be wise for Los Blancos to at least hold off on finding his replacement for one more season.
Kroos is a phenomenal passer of the ball, combining great technique with superb vision to set up teammates and find the open man. What he's not, however, is versatile. He lacks the athleticism to play out wide, and as his scoring record indicates, he doesn't have the kind of finishing touch to play much closer to the box.
Per WhoScored, Kroos scored three goals in 43 appearances in 2013-14, along with seven assists. Those numbers are solid for a central midfielder whose job it is to open up the defence, but for a more attacking option, you'd like to see better statistical production.
Kroos is four years younger than Modric, and replacing the Croatian with the Bayern Munich midfielder seems like a smart piece of business, particularly if he's available on a free transfer.
But by giving Modric one more season to boost his transfer stock, Los Blancos can turn the acquisition of Kroos into a substantial financial boost, while simultaneously making sure they're not making a mistake moving on from the Croatian midfielder.
Bayern's stance on not selling the player is frustrating for Real, but in the long run, it might actually be very beneficial for the team. Patience has never been Los Blancos' strong suit, but on this occasion, patience is exactly what the situation needs.