Manchester City are reportedly on alert as Toni Kroos considers the idea of potentially leaving Real Madrid in the summer.
According to Fichajes, Manchester City are in the market for Toni Kroos. The German playmaker is facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. Kroos could leave Santiago Bernabeu in the summer or retire professionally in the summer of 2023.
As per Real Madrid’s policy, the club are not willing to hand Kroos a contract extension of more than a year. It was one of the main reasons behind the departure of Sergio Ramos last summer, and it appears Kroos is facing a similar situation, as he has no intention of penning a one-year extension.
Kroos could thus consider leaving Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, in order to make one last move in his career. It has put Manchester City on alert, with Pep Guardiola believed to be a huge fan of the Real Madrid playmaker.
Formerly of Bayern Munich, Kroos had spent a season under Pep Guardiola in Bavaria. He featured in 51 competitive matches under the Manchester City boss before leaving Bayern in favour of a move to Real Madrid in 2014, following disagreements with the board.
The move has come to fruition for the player, who has gone on to win four UEFA Champions League titles with Real Madrid. He has played a key role in shaping up Los Blancos’ squad and has been a midfield lynchpin for the club for many years, having featured in over 355 matches for the club.
With Fernandinho set to leave at the end of the season, Manchester City are on the hunt for a new midfielder in the summer. They have been linked with a move for Real Sociedad’s emerging star Mikel Merino, with the Citizens even willing to trigger the player’s €60 million release clause.
But in Kroos, Guardiola could find himself an experienced leader who can offer a winning mentality as well as stability in the middle of the park. The Real Madrid playmaker is quite proficient in set-piece deliveries and he could bring just the quality required for Manchester City to finally break their curse in European competitions.