When Real Madrid won the Champions League last season, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the powers that be sat back and said: “Job well done.”
Not a second of it, though, as such is the nature of Los Blancos that they’re always hungry for more success, and they’re looking to use the summer transfer window to make that happen.
Though Carlo Ancelotti has arguably the strongest squad in European football at his disposal, he wants to land a few more big names to give his side footballing immortality, and the capture of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez are reportedly just around the corner.
A World Cup winner with Germany, Kroos has been the subject of mass transfer speculation of late, with a number of Europe’s finest clubs chasing his signature.
However, it seems that Real Madrid have won the race to sign him (as they generally do), per Paulo Freitas of Sky Sports.
Freitas revealed that following the World Cup final, in which Kroos played an instrumental part in Germany’s triumph, the midfielder told UOL that he’s heading for the Spanish capital:
“We’ve finished the World Cup in the best way possible. Now I’m going to Madrid, so that’s two dreams achieved."
However, Bayern Munich were quick to insist that nothing is concrete regarding their star man’s transfer, but chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge did disclose that Real Madrid are in talks to sign Kroos—per Sky Sports:
“Nothing is official yet, however he could be sold for a certain fee. I can confirm that Toni and us are in talks with Real Madrid.”
With just a year remaining on Kroos’ contract, Bayern may have to let the 24-year-old star leave the Allianz Arena for a fee less than his value, for fear of risking a free transfer in one year’s time.
What’s the Bundesliga champions’ loss will undoubtedly be Madrid’s gain, as Kroos is, quite simply, the complete midfielder.
Whether playing defensively or in an attacking role, Kroos dictates matches with his vision, awareness and accuracy—he may well be a better passer of the better than Xabi Alonso, too!
The Greifswald-born star demonstrated just how lethal he can be in Brazil, and won a lot of fans in the process with some dynamic performances—including the Daily Mirror’s John Cross:
The truth is Brazil aren't great. But Germany are fantastic. Their midfield has so much talent. Kroos and Khedira were a class apart tonight— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) July 9, 2014
With his countryman Sami Khedira reportedly heading to Arsenal—per Tom Sheen of The Independent—Kroos now has the chance to make himself a Real Madrid legend—and he certainly has enough time to do it.
Another player that impressed immensely at the World Cup was Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez, who is also closing in on a move to the Bernabeu—according to Carlos Caprio of Marca.
Six goals and some quite remarkable performances put Rodriguez on the radars of Europe’s big boys, but Real Madrid are the only club that the Monaco man is interested in—per Caprio:
Playing for Real Madrid is my life's dream: it'd be a privilege to play alongside so many stars. If it happened, I'd enjoy it to the max. It's really flattering to know that a club of Real Madrid's stature is interested in me. It'd be a dream to join the club of my dreams. I have a great deal of respect for other clubs and admire the good football they play, but ultimately Real Madrid are Real Madrid. I've always had a thing for them, like I said before.
All that’s left is for the club’s latest Galactico to be unveiled under the bright lights of the Bernabeu, but ESPN’s Jonathan Johnson revealed that there’s slightly more to it than that:
Though Angel Di Maria was one of Real’s best players last season, seeing him depart makes sense for the Ancelotti system, as having Rodriguez tucked behind Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema would be the most lethal of lethal attacking lines.
The good news for fans of the Colombian, then, is that Manu Sainz of AS has reported that Paris Saint-Germain have agreed to part with the necessary €60 million for Di Maria that will see Rodriguez’s transfer go through.
With that all expected to happen in the coming weeks, it’s safe to say that Real Madrid fans have an exciting season to look forward to.
Remaining champions of Europe will be high on their agenda, but taking back the La Liga crown from bitter rivals Atletico Madrid will be job No. 1, and with Kroos and Rodriguez in their ranks, that’s almost certain to happen.