Pep Guardiola is reportedly eager to sign Real Madrid's Toni Kroos for Manchester City as a replacement for Yaya Toure when he succeeds Manuel Pellegrini as Sky Blues boss in the summer.
The German central midfielder played under the former Barcelona boss for a season at Bayern Munich when Guardiola took over at the Allianz Arena in 2013.
Kroos, 26, is rightly regarded as one of the best players in his position in the world, his Wednesday performance away at Roma in the Champions League is just another indication of his immense ability, per Squawka:
Toni Kroos' game by numbers vs. Roma:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 17, 2016
96% pass accuracy
2 tackles won
Kroos control. pic.twitter.com/tup3M4GpWL
Toure, on the other hand, has been on the decline in recent seasons and is highly likely to be moved on when Guardiola arrives at City, per Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe and Dean Jones:
The Ivorian is often accused of not working hard enough, not a charge that can be aimed at Kroos, per AS:
Specifically, Kroos covered 11.4km in Rome!— AS English (@English_AS) February 19, 2016
Also, Simeone asks his players to give absolutely everything they've got for the final push.
It was previously reported in Marti Perarnau's book, Herr Guardiola, via Kit Holden in the Daily Mail, that one of the manager's conditions when joining Bayern was that Kroos would not be sold "under any circumstances."
Per Holden, when the World Cup winner did leave for Real he said he had "no problem whatsoever with Guardiola," and it certainly seems as though the pair could work together again.
A metronomic passer of the ball, Kroos could be a perfect signing for Guardiola at City as he looks to build a squad capable of English and European dominance.
Real must make sure that they keep Kroos happy or else risk losing him to the lure of further glory under Guardiola at City.
Elsewhere, Guardiola could also again come back to haunt Real by scuppering their pursuit of Juventus star Paul Pogba.
Los Blancos have long been linked with the Frenchman, who would be exactly the kind of galactico signing for which Real have been famed in recent years, per AS (via Ed Malyon in the Mirror).
However, Pogba, 22, talking to Sky Sport Deutschland (via Metro's Lee Thomas-Mason), has now dropped a huge hint that he could be open to a move to City to work under Guardiola: "I am a Juventus player now, but clearly the possibility of working with [Pep] in future could develop."