The future of Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos could be linked to the possible arrival of Paul Pogba at the Santiago Bernabéu. According to The Guardian, Juventus are asking for €100 million (£85 million) for Pogba with €10 million-€20 million in bonuses, an eye-watering fee that City have reportedly walked away from but that may not put off Real Madrid.
Mundo Deportivo report today that City have a real interest in World Cup winning Kroos, but would face competition from his former club Bayern Munich if the player was put up for sale by Los Merengues. New Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti coached the 26-year-old while at Real Madrid and is a big fan, much like Pep Guardiola, who wanted to build his team around Kroos only for Bayern sell the midfielder.
Juventus and PSG could also enter the running if Kroos becomes available, but the idea of pairing him with Ilkay Gündoğan could lead to City going all-out to create a truly elite central midfield partnership. For Pep Guardiola’s style of football, it’s hard to imagine a much more ideal partnership in the centre of the park.
Though not the most reliable of sources, the Daily Star claimed in an ‘exclusive’ on Sunday that City have moved closer to a £37.5 million deal for Kroos and even claimed he has been privately talking about a move to the Etihad.
In Spain, the feeling is any chance of this happening depends on Pogba. Were Pogba to join Real Madrid in the biggest deal of the summer, a ‘chain reaction’ could begin and City would be at the front of the queue for the excellent Toni Kroos. For now, everything is in standby as Euro 2016 continues…