Real Madrid Transfer News: Toni Kroos Targeted by Pep Guardiola, Latest Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01:  Pep Guardiola head coach of Bayern Muenchen has words with Toni Kroos of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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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.

According to Spanish outlet AS (via Metro's Mark Brus), Kroos could depart the Bernabeu at the end of the season and Guardiola is keen to take him to the Etihad Stadium.

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:

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:

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.

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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."