Toni Kroos set for Real Madrid exit transfer rumors; Pep Guardiola interested in reunion

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Manchester City are reportedly interested to sign Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos this summer to counter Manchester United’s reported capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus. City manager Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer of the German and wants a reunion with him at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Although no official transfer bid has been made, it is being reported that the Citizens have made an informal enquiry on the player and have received a positive response from Madrid.  The conversation has given encouraging signs that a transfer deal might be possible, as reported by Mirror.

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The 26-year-old Toni Kroos is valued at $65.86 million by Real Madrid, double the amount of what they paid for the midfielder to Bayern Munich in 2014. Kroos is reportedly well settled in Madrid, but will give this transfer a thought if Manchester City comes up with an official bid, especially for Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City are wary though of the scenario that Kroos might be using this occasion to get himself a better contract with Real Madrid. The football world is well aware of football players using the interest of other clubs to get themselves a better contract and The Sky Blues don’t want to fall into the trap.

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City manager Pep Guardiola worked with Kroos during his time at Bayern Munich, but it was for only one season before being sold to the Los Blancos. The Spaniard is a keen admirer of the talent the German World Cup winner possesses and would like to add that to his team.

Kroos made 32 appearances for Real Madrid last season, scoring 1 goal in the La Liga. He created a total of 57 chances for his team and has an impressive pass accuracy of 94%. He also featured for Germany in the recently concluded Euro 2016, where he created 15 chances and one assist in 6 appearances. He completed a total of 582 passes with a pass accuracy of 92%, 77% of which were forward passes, according to Squawka.

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