Manchester City have now launched an audacious £50million bid to sign Toni Kroos from Real Madrid but they will have to face a serious challenge from Manchester United as the Red Devils were keen to rope in the prolific playmaker over the past few transfer windows but had to see their bids failed due to the lack of proper communication.
City’s new manager Pep Guardiola has long been a huge fan of Kroos and would love to reunite with his former Bayern Munich playmaker at the Etihad.
The Sky Blues have already made an approach and have received encouragement that a deal may be possible.
It is believed that La Liga giants Real want to offload one of their Galacticos to compete with Manchester United in the £100m bidding war for Paul Pogba.
They are demanding that £50m fee for the German World Cup winner, after paying Bayern £24m for him two years ago.
26-year-old Kroos is however quite happy at the Bernabeu after claiming his second Champions League with Real, but it is understood he is not ruling out a move.
City have not spoken directly to Real and are wary about being forced to a pay rise for Kroos, who has four years left on his current £90,000-a-week agreement.
Guardiola would be thrilled to team up again with Kroos as he was disappointed he only had one season with him at the Allianz Arena.
The Blues are also set to increase their attacking options by landing Leroy Sane, with current club Schalke claiming the Germany forward has told them he wants to go.
General manager Christian Heidel said: “Leroy has made it clear that he would like to leave this summer. We have to accept that.”
The final hurdle to completing the deal is agreeing on a fee and City are reluctant to pay Schalke’s £42m asking price.