Bayern Munich hold talks with Gundogan as Kroos exit grows more likely

by Sam Peoples

Bayern Munich have held talks with Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan as the uncertain future of Toni Kroos in Bavaria takes another twist.

Yesterday, Kroos publicly stated that he was happy to delay contract talks with Bayern until after the World Cup as no agreement had yet been reached but this leaked news about Gundogan talks could be Bayern’s immediate response.

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This looks to be a classic case of Bayern exerting more pressure on Kroos by making him aware they could sign Gundogan as an alternative, probably for less wages than he is demanding, which would therefore force him into a decision sooner rather than later more on Bayern’s terms than Kroos’.

This is a game of cat and mouse between Kroos and Bayern. Both camps are speaking to the press to try and swing negotiations in their favour in a tit-for-tat tug of war for control.

Kroos really is playing a dangerous game because ultimately, he is just one of a host of world class players at Bayern and although replacing him with Gundogan would hardly be an improvement, Bayern’s squad is strong enough to cope without him.

Wayne Rooney showed the world that a player who is considered indispensable to a club can hold it to ransom but at the end of the day, is Kroos indispensable to Bayern yet? Players like Thiago and Mario Goetze are held in higher regard hence why Bayern are unwilling to match Kroos’ wages to theirs so right now, Kroos doesn’t have that stature at Bayern.

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