Manchester United consider £325,000-a-week star as potential Carrick replacement

Toni Kroos

Manchester United are reportedly said to have an eye on Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos ahead of the summer transfer window. The Germany international is seen as potential target to reinforce the midfield which would have a significant void with Michael Carrick’s retirement and Marouane Fellaini’s potential departure in the summer.

According to The Mail, the two-time Champions League winner has set his sights on a new challenge in the summer, and United could revive their long-term interest in the 28-year-old. The £325,000-per-week star had previously been on United’s radar during David Moyes’ time in-charge, but they could not follow up the interest after Louis van Gaal vetoed the move during the summer of 2014.

The exit of Carrick in a playing capacity won’t be easy to replace in the short-term, given the Englishman provided a sense of calmness on the pitch whenever required. Nevertheless, replacing him with a player of Toni Kroos’ calibre makes a lot of sense with the German possessing splendid vision and passing skills.

Kroos’ potential arrival would no doubt reduce the added pressure on Nemanja Matic, who has had to perform the defensive midfield duties on his own, when Paul Pogba loses possession higher up the field. It will be interesting to see as to which mould of player Mourinho prefers for the summer, but Kroos should surely be up there among the prime transfer targets.

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