Toni Kroos will be Real Madrid’s first big signing in 2014
The World Cup is still being played in Brazil, but the top European clubs are already quite active in the transfer market. A prime example of that evidence has been Real Madrid, who has reportedly already made a move on Bayern Munich‘s 24-year old midfielder, Toni Kroos.
The German midfielder is currently gathered with his “Mannschaft” teammates in Brazil, as Germany prepares to take on France at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, this Friday evening. Even though this is expected to be a very even match, Germany seems to still hold a slight over France according to GamblingSites.net, despite their recent struggle to get past a far weaker Argelia side in the previous last-16 round.
Kroos has been one of Pep Guardiola‘s first choices since the Spanish coach arrived to Bayern Munich last season and has scored 4 goals after completing a total of 51 official games for the Bavarian club over the last 12 months. He’s regarded as one of Europe’s finest midfielders of his generation and pretty much everyone in Madrid sees his signing with good eyes.
According to Marca in Spain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have already agreed on a deal that will see Toni Kroos getting transferred to the new European champions for a fee set at 25 million euros. The 24-year old midfielder is expected to sign a 5-year contract, but the whole agreement will only be officially announced after the World Cup is over for Germany, which might in fact happen right this Friday.
Kroos has also been impressing in Brazil, after completing every playing minute on the pitch throughout the 4 matches that Germany has disputed so far. According to FIFA‘s own stats, the German midfielder is also the player with more passes attempted and successfully delivered now that we’ve reached the quarter-finals of the tournament. Kroos currently leads the charts with 414 passes attempts, having 354 of those met the right destination.
If this deal does go through, Carlo Ancelotti might have to let go either Asier Illarramendi or Sami Khedira in order to make room for Toni Kroos in the squad. Given the price-tag that Illarramendi has attached to him since he joined the Merengues last summer (40 million euros), the more likely is that the club will be looking for a loan deal for the 24-year old midfielder. As for Khedira, selling him might be the more viable scenario at this stage…