Manchester City are prepared to smash the British transfer record to sign Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, according to an exclusive in The Sun tonight.
Pep Guardiola is a known fan of Kroos and didn’t want Bayern Munich to sell him to Madrid during his stint in Germany. Kroos partnering İlkay Gündoğan in an all-German midfield would be a perfect Pep Guardiola-esque combination, but can City pull it off?
According to The Sun, City have been in touch with Kroos’ representatives and have learned that the midfielder is not against a move to the Etihad, despite being settled in Madrid. Any deal would likely depend on Real Madrid signing Paul Pogba, a player City dropped out of the race for. Manchester United are pushing hard to sign Pogba and may get him with the numbers being mooted – Gianluca Di Marzio reports tonight that they have offered a staggering €120 million (£103 million) for the Juventus man. However, the French midfielder is said to favour a move to Real Madrid and if they make a concrete approach, things could change quickly.
For Madrid to sign Pogba, they would have to raise funds or know some are on the way, and The Sun believes City and Real may have a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ where City have dropped out of the race for Pogba, allowing the Madrid side to sign him. This would then make a City approach for Kroos more realistic, with the Blues reportedly willing to pay £60 million, a British transfer record, for the German pass master.