The German champions will not break the back for the midfielder.
It appears as if Manchester United’s transfer of Toni Kroos is imminent as Bayern Munich refuse to increase their contract offer for the attacking midfielder.
Reports in the Manchester Evening News says the Red Devils will land the Germany international for £20m due to the fact his current deal at the Allianz Arena expires in 2015.
Bayern are therefore keen to make some money on Kroos rather than lose him on a free in 12 months time and whilst they would prefer him to stay, will not break the back to ensure that happens.
Their president Karl Hopfner has given United hope that the German will be at Old Trafford next season by comparing his situation to that of Michael Ballack’s in 2006 – when the former Germany captain joined Chelsea.
“There will certainly be further talks. But at some point the player has to say what he wants,” Hopfner was quoted by Sky Sports.
“We will not exceed certain financial boundaries.
“It was the same with Michael Ballack and at some point we withdrew the offer.”
New United manager Louis van Gaal is a big fan of Kroos, having managed the 24-year-old when they were both at Bayern in 2010/11.
The Dutchman is keen to oversee an overhaul of the squad at the Theatre of Dreams this summer after their most disappointing campaign of the Premier League era in 2013/14.
Van Gaal wants to inject some creativity into the side’s midfield and that is something Kroos brings in abundance – with the ability to play almost anywhere in the middle of the park.
To date the German has played 205 matches for Bayern in all competitions, winning three Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokals and the Champions League in 2013.
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