This rumour isn’t going away.
A few months ago, Paul Scholes suggested Toni Kroos as his ideal Man United transfer target and, if the Mirror are to be believed, it seems Jose Mourinho agrees.
The Mirror’s report is the latest to link Real Madrid’s German midfielder with a move to Old Trafford this summer.
Paul Pogba’s disintegrating relationship with Mourinho may see Mino Raiola engineer yet another high-profile transfer for his client before the start of next season.
If the Frenchman were to leave, United would need to sign at least one centre-midfielder for the starting eleven.
Nobody needs to be convinced of Kroos’ quality.
The 28-year-old has arguably been the best in the world in his position over the last three or so years, with club team-mate Luka Modric pushing him closest.
The pair’s quality in possession was a key feature of Real Madrid’s two most recent Champions League glories.
Kroos is a master of linking defence to attack and an expert in beating an opposition’s press, be it with close control dribbling, or line-breaking passes.
His attributes would significantly improve Man United’s balance and could be the key in getting the best out of Alexis Sanchez.
Kroos has excelled on the left-side of a midfield three, just as the Chilean prefers to operate from the left of a front three.
There are few better players in the world better than Kroos when it comes to decision-making in possession and if his distribution doesn’t encourage Sanchez’s natural dynamism then nobody’s will.
It’s all well and good fantasising about Kroos reminding the Old Trafford faithful of Paul Scholes, but why would Real Madrid sell?
Los Blancos are one of only two clubs (the other being Barcelona) who could claim to be bigger than Man United.
It’s Real Madrid who cherry-pick top talent from elsewhere, not the other way around.
Given that Kroos is still 28-years-old, it’s difficult to imagine a situation in which they’d let a key player, in his prime, leave the club.
Unless of course, Zinedine Zidane believes he can get the best out of compatriot Pogba.
A swap deal (all the rage these days) seems the most likely method for success from United’s point of view.
Otherwise, Real would demand an astronomical flat fee (£180m?) — if they were willing to sell at all.
When it comes to transfers among the big clubs, you should always consider whether the selling club could replace them with someone of at least equal quality.
And Kroos is so good that it may not be possible for Real to sign a suitable replacement, even with a open chequebook at their disposal.
Although, Real are serious about an approach for Neymar, they may need to appease the Financial Fair Play regulators.
From a selfish point of view, we’d love to see Kroos in the Premier League, but we would’t advise United fans to hold their breath.