Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos has featured 18 times in the Bundesliga this season, the joint-highest of any outfield player at the club. And given that he’s competing for his place with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thiago Alcantara, that is some achievement.
But Kroos, whose contract ends in 2015, is yet to agree a new deal with Bayern, with Manchester United waiting in the wings to snap him up.
Here’s why we think he’d be the perfect signing for the Red Devils...
5. United need to replace Michael Carrick
While Kroos has spent much of his career as an attacking midfielder, he is used in a deeper position by Pep Guardiola and, given the recent arrival of Juan Mata at Old Trafford, the German will be seen by David Moyes as a replacement for Michael Carrick. The England midfielder has been a fine servant to Manchester United and doesn’t always get the recognition his talent deserves, but the 32-year-old has struggled with form and fitness of late and, while he may not yet be over the hill, the opportunity to sign the 24-year-old Kroos would be the perfect player to represent a newer, younger midfield.
4. Kroos can play in defensive or attacking midfield
Few midfielders can defend and attack with equal potency, but Kroos is that rare breed. The likes of Ramires at Chelsea and Yaya Toure at Manchester City have thrived in an all-action midfield role, and that’s the kind of player United need. Kroos is a midfielder that can add steely resilience and attacking finesse.
3. Moyes must maintain momentum
Unless Moyes follows up the signing of Mata with another couple of significant additions, the momentum Mata’s arrival has generated may fall flat. Moyes has managed to lift the mood at Old Trafford – now it’s time to capitalise on that. With many players at United deemed either too old, too young or simply not good enough, Kroos would be the quality big-name signing United fans crave.
2. Kroos dominates games
Toni Kroos has one of the best pass completion rates in the Bundesliga, currently boasting 93% completed passes this season. One of United’s problems this season is that they’ve been muscled out of games in midfield, and the addition of Kroos would add the consistency they are desperate to recapture. Kroos also flies into tackles and covers every blade of grass; he’s imposing and is the complete midfielder.
1. United won't have to break the bank
If Bale is worth £85million and Cavani £55million, the £25million that it would cost United to get him this year would be money very well spent. A Germany international playing for the Champions League winners – no wonder Kroos feels he’s worth a big deal at Bayern!
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