Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is apparently considering his future at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Arsenal is being touted as a potential destination, as reported by Spanish publication AS.
The German star is seemingly unhappy with the Spanish giants, and is therefore evaluating his options. The report suggests we’ve already made Kroos and Madrid an offer, and are simply waiting until the summer to see how things unfold.
The 26-year-old has a number of offers to consider, including “several major teams” in the Premier League and a few teams in the Bundesliga.
Arsene Wenger is allegedly a huge fan of the World Cup winner, and is doing everything he can to bring him to the Emirates. The report goes so far as to suggest he considers him “one of the best midfielders in Europe”, and certainly thinks he’d add something to the squad.
His current contract runs until 2020, so he’s unlikely to come all that cheaply. If he’s unhappy at the club and Madrid are willing to cash in though, then perhaps Wenger can get a bargain.
The fact that the La Liga side have apparently identified his replacement already – Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante – means the transfer could potentially run a little smoother.
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It seems questionable that Kante would be on Madrid’s radar, despite his excellent performances this season. He doesn’t exactly come with the Galactico title that most of their signings do, and Madrid rarely make signings that don’t really hit the headlines.
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Regardless of who they find to replace him though, if Kroos is on his way out of Madrid then we should certainly be looking at the possibility of signing him. He has the excellent ability to dictate play from deep, and that’s something we’ve missed recently. Santi Cazorla is obviously capable of the same thing, but with the Spaniard injured we’ve struggled to find a solid midfield partnership. Having Aaron Ramsey alongside the likes of Francis Coquelin arguably doesn’t give us the balance we need, as when the Welshman pushes forward we’re left exposed; this wouldn’t be as much of an issue with Kroos in the side.