Felix Kroos has revealed that he has spoken with his brother, Toni, about the prospect of the Bayern Munich midfielder joining Manchester United.
Toni Kroos was strongly linked with a transfer to the Premier League champions during the January transfer window and it is expected that United manager David Moyes will continue his interest in the summer. With his contract set to expire in the summer of 2015, the 24-year-old’s future remains uncertain. While Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola and sporting director Matthias Sammer have recently asserted that they want Kroos to stay, his wage demands are thought to have so far proved a stumbling block.
Felix, who plays for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, has disclosed that he was a Manchester United supporter when he was young, although he has not advised his brother about his future.
"Yes, we have already spoken about it as Manchester United is my favorite club since I was a child," he said, according to Sky Sports. "Still I will not advise him about anything in this respect.
"He is very capable of making the decision on his own. And there are definitely worse situations than to decide whether to stay on or leave a club like Bayern Munich."
Moyes is expected to conduct a serious overhaul of his squad this summer following what has been a disastrous first season in charge. As well as central midfield, another area he could well be looking to strengthen is on the wings. Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young have both been poor this campaign, while there continues to be speculation about the future of the currently injured Nani, despite the Portugal international signing a new five-year contract last September.
One of the wide men under consideration may well be Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann. In the midst of a fine season in which he has scored 15 goals thus far in La Liga, the Real Sociedad man is thought to be on the radar of several big clubs. Manchester United would appear to be one of those, with club scout David Friio having praised the 22-year-old’s chances of making an impact at the World Cup ahead of his debut for France in Wednesday’s friendly with the Netherlands.
"Greizmann would clearly bring something,” he told French publication L’Equipe. His versatility and technique, in a tournament where the gaps are reduced, are real assets. You can't score 15 goals in a great league [La Liga] without having real qualities.”
Indeed, ESPN has reported that Moyes was in attendance at the Stade de France to not only get a first-hand look at Griezmann but also to again watch his France teammate Paul Pogba. The Juventus midfielder has been strongly linked to a return to the club he left in the summer of 2012, although any transfer would be massively expensive. There has been talk of Juventus attempting to tie the prodigious 20-year-old down to a new contract, while Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be very keen on signing him in the summer.
With Alexander Buttner and Patrice Evra potentially leaving at the end of the season, a new left-back also features prominently in Moyes’s thoughts. The Daily Mail has put a new name forward in Valencia’s Juan Bernat. The 21-year-old has become a regular this season and was a part of the Spain squad at last year’s Under-20 World Cup. According to the Mail, Bernat is one of the names now being considered should Manchester United fail to land in-demand Southampton starlet Luke Shaw.