Manchester United are one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market this summer as Jose Mourinho is desperate to get the glory days back to Old Trafford. The Portuguese tactician has already added a couple of stars to his squad from the previous season but remains active in the market, looking for players who can improve his first team.
This has seen them linked with some of the finest players in world football and the latest name on their radar is Toni Kroos.
The German midfielder started his senior career with Bayern Munich in 2007 and spent seven long years at the club, making 130 Bundesliga appearances, winning three league titles and a Champions League trophy. In 2014, he went to Brazil with the national side and was crucial in Germany lifting the World Cup, adding another feather to his already impressive career.
Coming back from the World Cup, Kroos was quickly snapped up by Spanish giants Real Madrid, who turned him into of the best midfielders in the world. He won back to back Champions League titles with the club, including last season and started in the finals in every competition. He also has a La Liga trophy that he won under Zinedine Zidane, to his name, making him one of the most decorated midfielders in the world.
At 28, he is still at the peak of his career and was one of the brightest spots in Germany’s dark run in the World Cup this year. He was a part of the Champions League team of the season for the last campaign and will walk into every top squad in Europe.
He is technically gifted and can be effective at both ends of the field. His vision and understanding of the game, along with his ability to make interceptions in the middle of the park make him a dangerous player and for Manchester United, he will be the best midfielder at the club if he joins this summer.
Reports suggest that Jose Mourinho is convinced that Kroos is the right man to help his side take the next step but the German has a release clause of €500m, with Real Madrid in no real need to sell. He is settled at Bernabeu and will be happy to continue his career in Spain so a move to Old Trafford is not really on the cards.
What makes this deal even less sensible is Manchester United’s acquisition of Fred this summer and the contract extension of Marouane Fellaini. This leaves United too bulked up in the midfield making this rumour one to fill the back pages.