It seems a foregone conclusion that Toni Kroos will end his eight-year stay with Bayern Munich.
The 24-year-old joined the club in 2006 and has since progressed through to the first team, but his reluctance to sign a new deal has seen him regularly linked with a move away from the German champions.
At first it seemed England and the Premier League would be his destination.
In the meantime, Kroos has been reluctant to talk about his future while he has been participating in the World Cup with Germany, but he did break his silence recently in an interview with TZ Munich, per Football Espana, to reveal he knows what his next step will be:
“I’ve made a decision and can’t say,” Kroos confirmed.
“I read things. It’s not hard to find out. But I’m saying there is nothing done.
“First I want to play the World Cup and when finished my decision will be known. I’ll say it myself. Before then there is nothing.
“There’s one week of the World Cup left and then…we’ll know more.”
So should Real Madrid continue their pursuit of Kroos?
Just because they clinched the fabled Decima last season, it doesn't mean they can relax in the transfer market.
Signing Kroos would be a statement of intent and insist that they are not about to relax on their laurels after finding their holy grail.
In midfield it's becoming increasingly obvious that, despite still having an important role for the club last season, Xabi Alonso is not the player he once was.
The 32-year-old recently signed a new contract in the Spanish capital, but his performances at the World Cup bore criticism.
Elsewhere in midfield, Spain-based newspaper AS suggest Madrid are prepared to let want-away Angel di Maria leave, despite Carlo Ancelotti's desire to keep the Argentine international.
That leaves Sami Khedira, Luka Modric, Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Casemiro as the other players in Ancelotti’s squad capable of playing in midfield.
The latter three are all relatively inexperienced in terms of playing at the very top level and can't be expected to carry a midfield over the course of a season, while the former two would make a good trio alongside Kroos.
On top of that though, Khedira and Illarramendi are continually linked with moves away from the Bernabeu─the German permanently, the young Spaniard on loan.
It's all those reasons that mean signing Kroos becomes a must-happen goal for Los Blancos.
With them reportedly set to allow players to leave, signing players of real quality to replace them is a necessity.
Kroos, who will play in the World Cup semifinal against Brazil on Tuesday night, is at that level, and Madrid are right to be pursuing a young, well-rounded midfielder to maintain their competitiveness.