Manchester United on red alert after Bayern admit Toni Kroos may leave despite their desire to keep him

by Sam Peoples

Bayern Munich’s sporting director Matthias Sammer has told Suddeutsche that the odds of Toni Kroos signing a new deal aren’t guaranteed to be in Bayern’s favour and the club isn’t confident enough to say it is 80/20 or 70/30 at this moment in time.

The 24-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United in the latter stages of the January transfer window as contract negotiations had stalled with Munich over money, and these latest rumblings will be music to David Moyes’ ears.

Speculation was fuelled as Moyes talked to Kroos’ agent in Germany and it hit fever pitch when Kroos through his gloves towards the bench after being substituted.

Now, Sammer has insinuated there is no guarantee that Kroos will sign a contract extension with Bayern.

“We want to extend Toni’s deal – everyone at the club agrees on that [but] it’s not a straightforward matter,” he said.

“You can’t say that the odds are 80-20 or even 70-30 [in favour of an extension].

“We have no intention of selling Toni prematurely. As [Bayern president] Uli Hoeness recently said: Bayern are a buying club, not a selling club.”

Kroos would be the perfect midfielder for United and so long as his contract negotiations with Bayern are not completed, United will be credited with a strong interest in him – especially if he hasn’t signed a new contract by the summer because he will then be free to talk to other clubs as he would be in the last year of his contract.

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