Toni Kroos has been linked to clubs across Europe, one of which has been Chelsea.
Although they've had aggressive company in courting the Bayern Munich midfielder, the Blues look to be putting on the press for Kroos and offering him what some other clubs may not be able to touch.
According to Spanish paper AS (via the Metro), Chelsea would look to pay £15 million for the German international and hand him a hefty pay packet:
Chelsea have emerged as the new favourites to sign Toni Kroos after offering the Bayern Munich man a five-year-deal worth £125,000-a-week.
Kroos, who has rejected the offer of a new contract at Bayern, looks all but certain to depart the club this summer, and Chelsea have now made an offer to sign him.
It's awfully early on in the process, and with so many other big hitters in play for Kroos, it's hard to imagine that neither Manchester United nor Real Madrid could match Chelsea's price range.
Plus, Kroos is in Brazil with the Germany national team—and it's likely he could be there up until the final on July 13, as the Germans are one of the World Cup favorites.
Still, Chelsea supporters can't be upset with the prospect of leading the race for one of this summer's most coveted and available young targets.
Kroos has seemed set for a Premier League switch, whether it's with the Red Devils of Manchester or the Blues in London. He'll get his chance to lead a midfield for one of England's prized clubs.
He's had experience as a starter for Bayern Munich, but perhaps most convincing is his recent play with Germany in Brazil. Take a look at his accuracy against Ghana, per Squawka Football:
For Chelsea, it makes perfect sense. With Frank Lampard heading out the door, there is a massive void in the central midfield that Kroos could fill in a big way.
Of course, he could have a similar role at United, where there is a similar level of championship talent surrounding him and a similar void in the midfield with experienced players having passed their prime.
Should Chelsea sign Toni Kroos?
A big kicker might be the prospect of playing top European-level football. After one of its worst-ever seasons, Manchester United missed out on Champions League football, while Chelsea is in all of the top European competitions.
Then again, it might be about more than that for Kroos. He was guaranteed top European competition with Bayern, but after contract talks broke down, it became apparent his value at the club is the main problem.
That won't be an issue if he lands with Chelsea, where a star midfielder is needed to allow the Blues' attacking specialists the necessary room.
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