EXCLUSIVE: Expert insight into Kroos situation and why United can sign him

EXCLUSIVE: Expert insight into Kroos situation and why United can sign him

Hi Clark. Can you introduce yourself to the readers please?

My name is Clark Whitney and I am a freelance journalist and former German football editor at Goal.com.

What is your take on Toni Kroos’ situation at Bayern Munich having followed it from the start?

Bayern perhaps have scored somewhat of an own goal in assuming that all their star players would gladly accept contract extensions when offered. Thomas Müller, for example, penned an extension in December of 2012, two-and-a-half years before his previous deal was set to expire. Jerome Boateng and David Alaba followed suit last December, but Kroos has proven to be more of a difficult negotiating partner. He wants a substantial raise that Bayern, somewhat perplexingly, are unwilling to give.

Although his exact wage demand is still uncertain, what is well known is that Kroos wants wages and recognition nearer to those of the captains Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm (both €10 million/year). Bayern don’t think he’s earned that much of a raise from his current €4.5 million.

He was been warned to not play poker with Bayern Munich by Karl-Heinze Rummenigge but has since insisted he would be interested in a move to the Premier League. Neither the club nor player are backing down, do you think anyone is going to compromise?

Kroos holds the better cards in negotiations. If he’s put on the market, he will be one of the most in-demand midfielders in all of Europe, a trophy for aspiring clubs to take from the reigning European and world champions. Bayern would not be able to replace him, at least not immediately, and any qualified newcomer would cost on the same order that would be recouped from Kroos’ sale, plus a wage in the region of Kroos’ current demands.

Thiago and Robert Lewandowski were given €8 million, and Mario Götze €12 million salaries in their first contracts at Bayern. Any potential signing would be well aware of these precedents and expect similar compensation. Bayern may try to make the point that no individual player is bigger than the club, but they’ve picked the wrong man out of whom to make an example: Their class at their best would take a hit, and their initial frugality would end up costing the club more in the long-term.

What Manchester United need to do is not only outbid any other club but make Kroos believe he’d be the star, the cornerstone of a promising new generation at United. If they do that, they have a chance.

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Is Toni Kroos indispensable to Bayern Munich?

Yes, we learned that over the two legs with Arsenal.

Do Manchester United have any chance of signing him in the summer?

Manchester United certainly have a chance to sign Kroos but will have to overcome some significant obstacles. They in all likelihood won’t play in the Champions League next season which is a big deterrent.

If Bayern put him up for sale, Kroos undoubtedly would prefer another team that can offer him a ton of money and Champions League football.

What is the feeling among fans about Toni Kroos? Do they want Bayern Munich to give him what he wants or are they angry at how he has dealt with the situation?

Kroos is not a “Bayern lad” like Schweinsteiger, Lahm or Müller; he’s from northeast Germany and played for Hansa Rostock until age 16. He’s a bit of an aloof character and in the past has had some attitude problems. For example, he sulked throughout Euro 2012 due to his being benched.

I recall him always being the first player out of the dressing room after each game – he’d walk past myself and other reporters without a word and board the bus 10-15 minutes before any of his team-mates. That was a story fans either didn’t hear about or could easily ignore but the contract situation is an altogether different story.

Fans are frustrated with Kroos depending on how much they know about the club’s wage scheme and how they interpret his demands (closer to Lahm and Schweinsteiger at €10 million or Thomas Müller, Thiago and Lewandowski at €8 million).

Kroos is a fantastic player and of course fans want him to stay, preferably without holding the club for ransom. In fairness, Bayern opened Pandora’s box when they signed Guardiola and Götze on such high wages but fans can and will always dream.

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Do you think Pep Guardiola is correct to rotate Kroos in and out of the squad? He put in a world class performance against Arsenal at the Emirates yet was left out last night and Bayern looked quite flat in his and Muller’s absence.

Guardiola’s rotation may work against lesser Bundesliga teams but he’s playing with fire by trying to make a point to Kroos on the biggest stage of all. Kroos’ dominance in the first leg followed by Bayern’s lackluster performance without him in the second only did the player favors, further justifying his claim for more money and more recognition.

What Manchester United need to do is not only outbid any other club but make Kroos believe he’d be the star, the cornerstone of a promising new generation at United. If they do that, they have a chance.

 

Will Uli Hoeness’ case have any bearing on this situation given that both are orientated around money?

Hoeneß’ tax evasion is related to income from his bratwurst factory, it has nothing to do with Bayern Munich’s finances and will not affect any of the club’s business.

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