Jose Mourinho is plotting an ambitious swoop to lure Real Madrid’s German midfield maestro Toni Kroos to Manchester United. That is according to calciomercato.com, who claim that the World Cup winner is Mourinho’s ‘dream signing’, and the ideal man to strengthen the Red Devils’ midfield next season.
Should Kroos, 27, arrive at Old Trafford ahead of the next campaign, it would be quite the coup. Kroos arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu from Bayern Munich in summer 2014, already established as one of Europe’s elite midfielders.
The Germany international had been at the heart of Bayern’s midfield during their all-conquering 2012-13 season, in which they secured back-to-back Bundesliga titles and claimed the UEFA Champions League crown. Kroos further cemented his status as a global superstar as he played an integral role in Germany’s 2014 World Cup triumph.
Later that summer, Kroos reaped the rewards of his title-laden campaigns in his homeland and on the world stage with a high profile move to Madrid for £22.5m on a six-year contract, according to transfermarkt.co.uk. He has since further enhanced his reputation as a serial winner, starring at the heart of Los Blancos’ back-to-back Champions League victories in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, in the latter of which they also claimed the La Liga title.
Kroos would bring a winning mentality, a wealth of top-level experience and abundances of technique and quality to Old Trafford, should United succeed in securing his services. The latter of these attributes has been somewhat lacking in the Red Devils’ midfield ranks of late, particularly evident in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.
At times, United have looked short of the creativity and imagination required to unlock their true attacking potential. The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have often looked frustratingly short of the service required for them to unlock opposition defences as they are capable of doing at will.
Against Chelsea, United’s midfield looked concerningly detached from their frontline, with very little being played through the lines in a way which would trouble Antonio Conte’s side. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was anonymous, and Paul Pogba’s drive and quality was sorely missed.
Kroos would bring the ability to find a pass from almost anywhere on the pitch, be it short or long, to find his teammates with ease. The German can play direct long balls over the top to the powerful Lukaku, and has the eye for an incisive through ball to feed the pacey Martial or to capitalise on the energetic runs of Rashford. His all-round ability to play at the hub of top level matches and keep his team ticking could make him a vital signing at Old Trafford, and could provide the missing piece in Mourinho’s puzzle.
Dare it be said, he could even fill the Paul Scholes vacancy at the Theatre of Dreams.