Owen Hargreaves: Money the issue between Bayern Munich and Man Utd for Toni Kroos

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Former Manchester United and Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes the transfer fee is the problem holding up any Toni Kroos transfer.

Kroos, 24, has been linked with Man United for months now and could be set to leave Bayern despite winning the Bundesliga and featuring in the German Cup this weekend.

Former United boss David Moyes was thought to hold Kroos highly on his summer transfer wish list but the club still hold a strong interest in the German despite Moyes’ sacking.

Louis van Gaal is set to become Man United manager once the World Cup has finished and he has ended his time in charge of the Netherlands national side.

“Not many players leave Bayern Munich. I only wanted to leave because I’d spent 10 years there, so for me, it wasn’t a money thing, I just wanted a new challenge,” he told Goal.

“I represented England and I wanted to play in that league. With Kroos, it’s different. He’s been at Bayern Munich for a long time since he went there at a young age from Hansa Rostock.

“But this is more of a money issue than anything. I think the bigger question is: ‘would he suit the Premier League? Is he going to suit a team who play 4-4-2 with two strikers up top?’

“He’d have a lot of responsibility with tracking back and that’s not one of his greatest strengths, so he’d suit maybe an Arsenal or Real Madrid or Barcelona. I think he’s probably in the best place for himself right now.

“The grass isn’t always greener. He could easily go somewhere else but he’s got everything he needs at Bayern. If he wants a change of scenery and to learn a new language, he can.

“They’ve got a ready-made replacement in Thiago [Alcantara] right now.”


Kroos completed 92% of his passes at Bayern last season, the most at the club.


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