Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all in the hunt for German midfielder Toni Kroos this summer, Charles Phillippe of the Daily Express reports.
All three of these Premier League giants are preparing for a squad overhaul ahead of next season as a result of their lacklustre 15/16 campaign, and a signing of Kroos’ calibre would send a clear message to their rivals as to what their intentions are for the forthcoming 16/17 season.
The deal looks likely as well. Zinedine Zidane is expecting a mass exodus in Madrid as a consequence of Los Blancos being a staggering 12 points off pole position at time of writing. A rumoured £40m bid from either of the three English teams would make it hard for Florentino Perez to turn down offers for the 26-year old despite the former Bayern player potentially having only spent two years at the Bernebeu.
Signing the World Cup winner wouldn’t be a panic buy. Arsenal are expecting a number of midfield departures, the Red Devils have been hit hard by persistent injury problems which could hurt long-term plans, and Chelsea’s new manager will be looking to stamp his authority on the squad with new players – as well as all three teams being heavily criticised for their lack of creativity in the base of the midfield throughout this current season.
Toni Kroos offers a complete package – defensive stability, technical ability and unrivalled tactical awareness. The German has the potential to turn a squad around with the magnitude of a signing of his calibre, and as a result will be at the top of the aforementioned clubs’ shortlists.