A 10th-straight victory, this one coming from behind, and a 13-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga are two reasons to be very, very happy if you are employed to play football for Bayern Munich. But not if your name is Toni Kroos.
The German midfielder was sacrificed on the hour with Munich one goal down to Stuttgart on Wednesday night and reacted with glove-throwing disgust.
It turned out to be a shrewd move from Pep Guardiola as replacement Claudio Pizarro scored the equaliser in the eventual 2-1 win, but Kroos’ withdrawal, his subsequent response and Guardiola’s post-match comments about the player have set tongues wagging in the world of transfer rumours.
“He (Kroos) is an important player but things can move fast in football. Here today, gone tomorrow,” Guardiola said following the victory.
That will be music to the ears of David Moyes and Manchester United, who will see this as a perfect opportunity to add another stellar name to their list of January transfer business following the acquisition of Juan Mata.
Moyes, accompanied by Phil Neville, watched Kroos play against Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday night and sat with an advisor of the player for the entire 90 minutes.
With the 24-year-old also refusing to budge in talks with Munich over extending the contract that runs out next summer, the decline in relationship between player and club may only resolved in his sale.
Germany’s 41-capped international is thought to be after a wage hike to around the £150,000 a week mark, a total that Munich are unwilling to match. Those demands shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for the Red Devils though, who are rumoured to have offered Wayne Rooney £300k recently.
United welcomed Mata to Manchester with a 2-0 win over Cardiff and are now 2/1 shots to finish in the top four season, but that price will be sure to tumble should they be successful with their thought-to-be £25m plans to sign Kroos.
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