Manchester United know that it is very difficult to lure him away and hence, are prepared to offer Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos a staggering £260,000-a-week in an attempt to bolster their depleted midfield.
British newspaper The Guardian has reported today that Manchester United are offering Toni Kroos £260,000 a week as they continue to try to prise the midfielder away from Bayern Munich this summer. While David Moyes understands it may be difficult to take the 24-year-old from the German club as Bayern maintain he is not for sale, the United manager believes that if Kroos is minded to push the deal through he could still join.
Kroos, 24, has been linked with a switch to Manchester United since reportedly turning down Bayern’s first offer of a new contract in January.
Wayne Rooney is United’s highest earner with a total package worth around £300,000 per week, but Kroos’s prospective terms would put him in the top bracket of earners at the club, alongside Rooney and Robin van Persie. Kroos is thought to be seriously considering his options, with the midfielder yet to sign a new contract at Bayern with his current contract expiring in summer 2015.
Kroos, 24, played against United in both quarter-final legs of Bayern’s Champions League triumph and has been watched twice by United manager David Moyes this season.
Bayern strengthened their midfield on Monday with the signing of Sebastian Rode from Eintracht Frankfurt on a four-year deal, which could pave the way for Kroos’ departure. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javier Martínez, Thiago Alcântara and Philipp Lahm make up Bayern’s enviable array of midfielders, along with Kroos.
United have struggled in Moyes’s first season in charge and will not play in next season’s Champions League. However, the club hope that the sizeable financial offer to Kroos plus United’s rich pedigree could yet persuade him to leave the Bundesliga champions who have a chance of being the first club to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.
The astronomical weekly figure United have supposedly offered the German highlights the club’s sudden eagerness to target outstanding foreign players as they prepare themselves for a season without Champions League football. United are seven points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal with just five Barclays Premier League games remaining.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, the Reds traditionally paid high fees for English-based players, such as Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Robin van Persie. That trend continued under Moyes with the acquisitions of Marouane Fellaini and, most recently, Juan Mata.
Meanwhile, During a news conference in Munich on Tuesday, Guardiola said that Bayern that chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Matthias Sammer have not given up hope of convincing Kroos to stay in Bavaria.
Guardiola said: “[Rummenigge and Sammer] will do everything to keep Toni here. But it is up to Toni. He is a young person, it is his decision.”
The Guardian report highlights the desperation of United management to have a world class midfielder in their ranks. However, it going to be very difficult for Old Trafford management to convince rigid Bayern officials to part company with the German.