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Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has rendered his support to a potential Premier league move for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, who has been heavily linked with Manchester United in recent months. The midfielder is out of contract next summer, while negotiations do not appear to be progressing has expected. Despite being an integral part of the team, Bayern Munich are willing to offer him more than € 8 million per year as part of the new contract. Kroos recently revealed that he is no closer to agreeing a deal worth the German outfit.
He has also been made aware that clubs like United are taking a serious look at him. Ballack knows all about the Premier league after being a star of the Chelsea team that won the title in 2009. Kroos could have a similar career path to that of Ballack, which resulted in the former German international coming out in support of the move. The 24-year-old has also been a transfer target for Real Madrid in recent months. United’s failure to finish in the top four may prove to be a hindrance, but given the club’s structure in the game, Kroos may be prepared to forsake one year of Champions League football.
Ballack played for the top clubs like Bayern Munich and Chelsea during his illustrious career.
“I think he has been checking out his market value and he will know where he is in the salary structure. It’s important to know you’re valued and it is perfectly legitimate that he looks around,” said Ballack about the potential move. “No decision has been made on my future. It is no secret that the Premier League is a possibility for me,” said Kroos a few weeks ago. He scored the vital opening goal against Arsenal in the first leg Champions League last 16 stage.
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Manchester United is willing to sign just about any quality player out there that can solve some of the main problems that they have been suffering from in this season. Fellaini from Everton proved to be a huge mistake and Juan Mata is slowly adapting to the new playing style that David Moyes has been implementing since taking over of the Premier League club champions.
The 24 years old German midfielder Toni Kroos is being heavily linked with Manchester United as they are reportedly willing to pay Kroos €250,000 a week in order to lure him away from his current club, Bayern Munich.
If Kroos accepts the deal, he would triple his earnings and possibly even turn Manchester United in a European powerhouse as he will be playing Rooney, Van Persie and Juan Mata. Toni Kroos does however have a contract with Bayern Munich that runs up until 2015 but an offer of the region of €30 million could persuade Munich on releasing the player.
Toni Kroos is a consistent performer for Bayern Munich and he even displayed some of his abilities as he scored the opening goal of the Champions League 1st leg match against Arsenal.
The sporting director of Bayern Munich, Matthias Sammer stated that Kroos is valued highly at the club and if his contract extends until 2015, then he will remain until that date and not anytime sooner.
“Toni has a contract until the summer of 2015 and he will not be going anywhere before then and we are determined to make sure he will stay at Bayern beyond the expiry date of his current deal. We really value Toni and have shown so more than once.” Sammer said.
Moyes wants to rejuvenate the club and the introduction of Kroos will certainly help in the transformation that the Scottish coach is trying to do.
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Bayern Munich secured the Club World Cup trophy some weeks ago as they claimed a 2-0 victory against Raja Casablanca and now the German titans go into the January transfer market with a number of players that are being linked to make a move away and into the club.
Atletico Madrid’s Koke is often referred to as the ‘’next Xavi’’ and was linked with a possible move to the Premier League as many English clubs are considering making a move for Koke but some days later after the interest to sign Koke was displayed by England, Bayern Munich announced that it was also keeping close tabs on the young midfielder.
According to some German sources, Robert Lewandowski will join Bayern Munich on one of the first days that the transfer window opens up in January with a transfer fee believed to be around €11 million for the Polish striker who made a name for himself after he scored 4 goals in a Champions League semifinal match against Real Madrid.
From there on out Lewandowski has been linked with a number of clubs that were surprised by his performance and wanted to secure his services as soon as possible including Real Madrid.
Another player linked with a possible move to the team lead by Guardiola is Julian Draxler as he has already stated his discomfort in having to play on the left-hand side of the midfield which is his new role ever since Kevin-Prince Boateng arrived in the summer.
Draxler said: ”I have now resigned myself to the fact that I am not welcome in the number 10 position here at Schalke.”
The Brazilian defender of Chelsea David Luiz is not a regular starter for Chelsea as Jose Mourinho constantly decides to change his starting lineup and more often than not, Luiz is out of his plans to be in the main squad.
All of these players are just rumored and linked to be in the wish list of Bayern Munich, nothing more just rumors but whether or not it was true will be decided in January when the transfer window opens up.
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Toni Kroos has played an important role for Bayern Munich since the arrival of Pep Guardiola being a consistent player for the German team which is why they are having talks with the 23 years old midfielder trying to extend his current contract which expires in 2015.
Kroos told Kicker-Sportmagazin: “I am in touch with Bayern Munich regarding a new deal’’.
“This will get more important as the expiry date in 2015 approaches more and more. There is no infinite amount of time. Everyone knows that’’.
“I have a basic interest in signing a new contract. If I keep on going like I am, everything will be fine.I am not a fan of telling people I will be a player of Bayern Munich in 10 years’ time. So much can happen. Five-year deals can be cancelled after just one season.”
He said that he is happy with the club and would be interested in staying with Bayern Munich even longer than 2015 as he feels to be in the right place under the tutelage of the former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.
Kroos has already stated that he feels comfortable playing in any midfield position.
‘’I don’t care whether it’s at 6,8 or 10. I have shown that I can play everywhere’’. Kroos said.
Which is a huge advantage for any coach but specially for someone like Guardiola who enjoys switching out players and testing them out in different positions, this is a big asset that can favor any team and in moments when players get injured it’s something that can make the difference between winning a league or falling short.
All of these are factors that make it clear why Munich are attempting to secure the services of Toni Kroos with a more lengthy and permanent contract.
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