Real Madrid Transfer News: Toni Kroos to Fund Edinson Cavani, Latest Rumours

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2016

VALENCIA, SPAIN - JANUARY 03:  Toni Kroos of Real Madrid CF looks on during the Valencia CF vs Real Madrid CF as part of the Liga BBVA 2015-2016  at Estadi de Mestalla on January 3, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Aitor Colomer/Power Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid reportedly want to offload Toni Kroos to Manchester United in order to fund a pursuit for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.

According to A Bola (h/t Luke Gardener of the Daily Star), the Spanish giants want to get a deal done for the Uruguay international this month after being hit with a two-window transfer ban, which will begin in the summer. It’s suggested Real are willing to offload Kroos for £40.5 million.

Kroos hasn’t reached the same standards as in his debut season at the Santiago Bernabeu. Under former manager Rafael Benitez he didn’t have a settled spot in the side, with the coach altering the structure of the midfield regularly.

Kroos struggled for his best form under Benitez.
Kroos struggled for his best form under Benitez.JAVIER SORIANO/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane has taken over the managerial spot, though, and while he’s only had one game in charge, Kroos seemed a lot more at ease in the team, per Squawka Football:

Real could certainly do with another striker, though. Cavani’s style of forward play would certainly add a new dimension to the team’s attack.

As French football journalist Andrew Gibney noted recently, after a disappointing spell of form, the PSG supporters are beginning to make their feelings known towards the Uruguayan:

It’d be a massive surprise if Kroos was to leave. There are few players in world football capable of dictating the pattern of a football match like he can, and working under one of the greatest midfielders the game has ever seen in Zidane will only serve to improve his game. 

Cavani would add vital depth to Real's centre-forward position.
Cavani would add vital depth to Real's centre-forward position.Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

PSG are unlikely to sell Cavani too. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract set to expire at the end of the campaign, there could potentially be a massive void to fill at the point of the attack.

After being shunted out to the wings for large portions of his career with the French giants, the former Napoli man will surely be willing to wait for what could be a brilliant opportunity.