So was Manchester United’s pursuit of Toni Kroos from February a fruitless ordeal or a smokescreen to link big names using the club’s brand value? The Red Devils are set to end their chase for the 24 year old German who has been linked with the Manchester outfit over the past few months.
The fresh reports comes in the wake of an English daily claiming that United had agreed a £20 million deal with Kroos. The credibility of the source was questionable from the inception given the price but its leads to a bigger question. Does this mean a failure on the part of United’s chief executive Ed Woodward to lure the available gems in the transfer market.
We had earlier reported that United legend Paul Scholes had blasted Woodward claiming the club’s Chief Executive should wrap up business early to avoid yet another wayward shopping spree in the summer.
So what is the reason behind United’s failure to acquire Kroos’ services. There is no doubt that Bayern Munich are one of the biggest giants in European football and the Bavarians had maintained from the beginning that the midfielder will not be allowed to leave despite the fact that the player has just a year remaining in his current contract.
Bayern’s tough stance on the situation has perfectly stood out in their way of handling transfers. the Munich side are pretty sure that any such deals would also have a mental impact on current players who might express their desire to leave in teh future.
The President of the club Karl Hopfner had recently said. “There will certainly be further talks. But at some point the player has to say what he wants. We will not exceed certain financial boundaries.”
This sudden turn of events clearly exposes United’s lack of transfer dealings. Last summer too the Red Devils failed to snap up Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona after courting the Spaniard for a significant period of time. The same also goes for the Ander Herrera story which left the club red faced as United ultimately paid a whooping £27.5m on deadline day to bring Maroune Fellaini from Everton. The Belgian’s future is uncertain at the club with new manager Louis Van Gaal taking charge after the World Cup.
Woodward did manage to bring in Juan Mata from Chelsea in January using third party intermediaries but yet another failure to bring in a world class player certainly depicts United’s failings in the competitive transfer market.