Manchester United look primed to reignite their pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos as they seek to get the best out of Paul Pogba following a mixed campaign, claim the latest reports from Spain.
According to Spanish sports daily Diario AS, manager Jose Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward have discussed Kroos while planning their squad moves for the 2018-19 campaign, with the former particularly keen on a deal.
It is claimed that United are prepared to spend big to secure the services of the 28-year-old, though Real – now managed by former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui following the shock departure of Zinedine Zidane – are extremely reluctant to sell such an influential player and may well demand that his €500m (£442.1m) release clause is met in full.
Kroos has made 190 appearances in total for Los Blancos since leaving Bayern Munich for a £24million fee in 2014. That includes 43 across all competitions last term as the club finished a distant third in La Liga but defeated Liverpool in Kiev to claim a third successive Champions League title.
He signed a long-term contract extension in October 2016 that tied him to the Bernabeu until the summer of 2022.
Links between United and Kroos are certainly nothing new, with one of Mourinho’s predecessors – David Moyes – having previously claimed that he finalised a deal to sign the player before being sacked and replaced by Louis van Gaal.