Jose Mourinho is determined to complete the signing of Toni Kroos from Real Madrid this summer, according to reports from Spain.
Manchester United had the signing of Kroos practically wrapped up in 2014, only for new boss Louis van Gaal to jettison the deal when he arrived at the club.
The club is once again on the lookout for reinforcements in the midfield area and Mourinho has been an admirer of Kroos for some time.
And according to Spanish media outlet AS, the 55-year-old has instructed Woodward to secure the German’s signature this summer.
Supporters will desperately hope Marouane Fellaini staying at the club doesn’t preclude Man United from making another midfield signing this summer – especially if Kroos, as claimed by some in Spain, is available to sign.
Many see Kroos as a mere passer of the ball, somebody who caresses and guides but perhaps doesn’t have the mettle needed for the Premier League. But this is just not true. No player wins three consecutive Champions Leagues without being a fighter. And if you watch Kroos alongside Luka Modric, you can see how their movement – tracking back, slotting into the right gaps, going forward at the right time – is everything.
United’s main problem last season, among other things, was the tempo with which they played. Having Kroos at the anchor of midfield all but guarantees that the ball gets moved along faster, and with greater accuracy.