Man Utd clear favourites to sign Real Madrid star Toni Kroos

MANCHESTER UNITED are evens favourites with the bookies to sign Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.

Posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by

Jose Mourinho has identified Germany international Kroos as a replacement for veteran Michael Carrick, who is set to retire at the end of the season.

Real Madrid are reportedly willing to cash in to raise funds for a major revamp of their squad but his availability could interest a host of clubs.

BetStars director of trading Ian Marmion said: "As Real Madrid prepare for a squad overhaul in the summer transfer window following a dismal domestic campaign, midfield magician Toni Kroos is one player who looks primed to leave the Spanish capital at the end of the season, with Old Trafford his most likely destination.

"Manchester United have already set their sights on the 28-year-old as the ideal successor for veteran Michael Carrick in central midfield at Old Trafford.

"The former Bundesliga star is rumoured to be high up on the Special One's summer wish-list and United are the clear favourites at evens to add the World Cup winner to their ranks.

"However, the Red Devils could face competition from Kroos' former club Bayern Munich who are priced at 4/1 to re-sign the Germany international four years after letting him go.

"Chelsea are also in the running to sign the German star and the Blues can be backed at 6/1, while moneybags PSG follow closely behind at 8/1.

"Meanwhile, Arsenal and Barcelona are both outsiders at 10/1 and 14/1 respectively to become the Madrid midfielder's next destination."

Mourinho has already confirmed that a new midfielder is at the top of his summer transfer agenda.

Man Utd clear favourites to sign Real Madrid star Toni Kroos
Manchester United are evens favourites with BetStars to sign Real Madrid's Toni Kroos

"We need to sign a midfield player," he said. "Because we are going to lose Michael Carrick. Of course, we need balance in the team.

"Some of you [the media] keep saying that we are going to buy that striker, that winger, that left winger, that right winger.

"You can accuse me of many things, but you cannot say that I lied to you. When I don't want to say things, I don't say [them].

"But I don't take you in other directions. We are looking and we are going to try to sign a midfield player."

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