Manchester United are willing to make Toni Kroos one of the club’s top earners on £260,000 per week if he moves to Old Trafford this summer, according to Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.
Those sorts of wages would place the 24-year-old midfielder alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at Manchester United in terms of earnings and if parity among top players is what Kroos seeks, he’d certainly get it with that sort of money.
There’s not a chance Kroos would be offered a similar wage package back in Bayern Munich. Reports suggest that Kroos is asking for £150,000 a week but the fact that the negotiations have stalled until the summer shows that Bayern are eager to compromise only on their own terms, something that plays into the hands of Manchester United.
It’s been said before but money talks in modern football and in the most critical summer that Manchester United may have ever had in the Premier League, it’s time for us to flex our financial muscle. No longer can we rely on the sturdy shoulders of Sir Alex to make a good squad great, we need an influx of some top quality players.
Years of underinvestment combined with over achievement in the corporate environment mean that Manchester United have a substantial amount of money in the club that hasn’t been spent (apart from on repaying the Glazers’ debt). Now is the time for that logic to be reversed.