A report from The Metro suggests that Chelsea are preparing to hijack Real Madrid’s £19.9 million move for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos. Any deal is expected to be finalised after the World Cup, where Germany have advanced to the semifinals.
Kroos has been at Bayern since the age of 16, but a stall in contract talks has led the Bundesliga champions to cash in before his contract expires next June.
According to the report, the Blues will offer Kroos £125,000 a week to tempt him to London. However, they may need to significantly increase that wage offer if they are serious about signing him, as Real are offering £160,000 a week according to Pete Jensen at the Daily Mail.
The German has already expressed an interest in a move to the Premier League, per BBC Sport, and has been courted by Manchester United. However, Chelsea don’t need to spend a significant amount of their transfer budget on him.
As they strive to meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, the Blues will be looking to break even in this transfer window.
Having received around £50 million for David Luiz according to The Guardian, £32 million of that has gone back out on Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, per The Guardian. Having already splashed out £27 million on Cesc Fabregas, per Matt Law at The Telegraph, spending another £20 million on Kroos would put them further into the red.
The signing of Fabregas has already strengthened the midfield. With Nemanja Matic and Fabregas able to cover Kroos’ favoured positions, the German would be a vanity signing.
Matic made 56 tackles and 61 clearances in 17 Premier League appearances for Chelsea last season, while Kroos made 52 tackles and just six clearances in 29 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern.
Offensively, Kroos offers more than Matic, but his 52 shots equals Fabregas’ total for Barcelona last year. Fabregas also made more key passes than Kroos, with 58 to the German's 40.
Marco van Ginkel will be back in contention next season having recovered from a torn ACL, offering a youthful backup in central midfield.
Chelsea also have the options of John Obi Mikel and Ramires in midfield rotation. Unless one, or both, of those players will be leaving this summer, £20 million for a player who will not be first-choice won't be a wise move for the Blues.
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