According to reports, Manchester City is prepared to make a sizable offer to a frequent champion of the Champions League in order to secure his free move to the Etihad Stadium in the coming summer.
Seven seasons into Pep Guardiola’s tenure at Manchester City, the club eventually won the Champions League for the first time in its history in 2022–23. However, the Spaniard isn’t pleased with stopping there and wants to bolster his team with even more seasoned champions.
Along with Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol, Matheus Nunes, and Jeremy Doku joined the club in the summer. Manchester City now wants to add to those acquisitions with further expertise in Europe’s top leagues.
Toni Kroos is currently on the triple winners’ radar, and should he come from Real Madrid next summer, his earnings might be increased, claims Spanish publication Defensa Central.
The 33-year-old German only agreed to a one-year contract extension with Los Blancos earlier this year, thus his current Real Madrid contract is set to expire in June 2024. Kroos will therefore be free to discuss a potential pre-contract agreement in January with clubs outside of Spain, and City are leading the race to sign him.
Kroos turned down offers from the MLS and Saudi Arabia after agreeing to a one-year deal with Real. He has previously said that he intends to continue playing for the club until he retires, but only if he can continue to consistently start games.
“What I have always said and is something that has not changed, is that I will not move clubs,” he declared to RTL. “I will always stay here, I will retire here, the only thing I don’t know is when.”
But given that Jude Bellingham, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, and all of them at the Bernabeu have been given more authority, Kroos might decide to leave.
According to the rumor, Kroos will be given a two-year contract by Manchester City in exchange for a pay increase from €9 million to €18 million. Kroos has won five Champions League championship medals during his time at Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.