The speculation regarding the departure of German international Toni Kroos has been a feature surrounding Real Madrid this season. Reports that the midfielder is unsettled in Madrid and the constant links with clubs around Europe since the turn of year has been an occurring theme in the media. This upcoming summer transfer window is perhaps going to be one of the biggest and busiest we are likely to observe across the whole of Europe in recent times, especially with the large amounts of managerial changes amongst some of the top teams across Europe. Expect to see the name Toni Kroos a lot more this summer. Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane at the helm will almost certainly be one of many teams operating the big money moves, but the sale of Kroos would purely be a profitable sale and not an ability sale. When the club signed Kroos for a bargain fee of what was reported 25 million euro this was immediately considered a bargain buy, especially taking into consideration the transfer fees spent by clubs for players in this day and age. The opportunity to sell Kroos for almost certainly a double your money deal at the very least may just look very appealing to the club’s hierarchy.
The resounding name of Toni Kroos seems to have been around forever, especially when you take into consideration that he is still only twenty-six years of age with sixty-four international caps to his name. When Kroos burst onto the scene for Bayern Munich at the tender age of seventeen, it was obvious to see that this player was going to right to the top. Even before joining the ‘Galacticos’ at Real Madrid, at club level Kroos had won so much, a multiple time Bundesliga league and German Cup winner, UEFA Super Cup winner, FIFA World Club winner and a Champions League winner. His time at Real Madrid has seen him pick up another UEFA Super Cup and FIFA World Club winner. Add in a World Cup winner with Germany at the 2014 World Cup with many personal accolades at this shows just how much of a winner Toni Kroos is.
The ability of Kroos has evolved from his spells in Germany and the move to Real Madrid. The passing ability of the German is among the elite in the world, with the ability of retaining possession and also playing killer passes to perfection in the final third. The positioning and timing of his runs were among the biggest strengths of his game during his time in Munich, however now while at Madrid his role has changed. Playing deeper in the midfield favourably alongside Luka Modric allows Kroos to dictate the tempo of a game picking the ball from deep positions and moving the play on from there. From this role his game has moulded into the deep-lying playmaker role which we are seeing more and more in the modern game. During his time at Real Madrid he has been an automatic pick in the central position, very rarely is he taken out of the team and playing full ninety minutes more often than not, he has been the influence on this side for the last two seasons without maybe getting the full recognition he deserves. Often while playing for his country the influence of Kroos can be recognised more, he has shown this with his two Man of the Match performances in the recent friendlies. His role for his country gives him more of a license to drift further forward, providing assists and the goals, notably scoring twice in the last two friendlies against England and Italy. The protection of a holding midfielder for his country generally Sami Khedira, brings out the best of Kroos which more often than not he hasn’t had during his time at Madrid. The ability Kroos possesses at set-pieces provides another dangerous element to his game, with his pin-point crosses and the ability to score directly from dangerous free-kicks, the latter not been shown with Ronaldo and Bale on free-kick duties at Real Madrid.
Should Kroos depart the Santiago Bernabeu this summer the list of possible suitors would be relentless. Over the course of the season his name has been linked with clubs in the calibre of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Juventus, PSG and even a return to Bayern Munich. Any team in the Barclays Premier League would benefit with arrival of such an acclaimed centre midfielder, and with the imminent arrivals of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Antonio Conte at Chelsea and a possible arrival of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, each of these managers could very well add the German on their list of arrivals. A return to Bayer Munich after a two year separation could certainly appeal to Kroos especially with Carlo Ancelotti taking the position vacated by Guardiola this summer. The popular Italian was a major influence for the arrival of Kroos at Real Madrid, the opportunity to link up yet again might be hard to turn down for manager and player. PSG will almost certainly be among the frontrunners for any player they target during the summer, with the appeal of trophies and money available for them to sell to any player. A move that perhaps could be well suited for Kroos this summer may very well be to the Serie A with the champions Juventus.
With another Serie A title in sight Juventus are determined to establish themselves among the elite clubs competing in the Champions League. The summer of 2015 seen Italian clubs re-emerging again competing for the elite players in Europe, this upcoming summer could bring even more of the top talent to the country. Juventus has been linked with a possible move for Toni Kroos, especially with the imminent departure of the highly sought after Paul Pogba. The Turin side would certainly give Kroos the platform to perform at the highest of standards. The opportunity to add Toni Kroos alongside Pogba, Marchiso and Khedira would give Juventus perhaps one of the most formidable midfields across the whole of Europe. The possible option to link up with countryman Sami Khedira would give Toni Kroos the defensive platform to play his natural game in the heart of the midfield. During this season Juventus have looked slightly short of a world class ball playing centre midfielder, this is the void left by the iconic Andrea Pirlo. The opportunity to fill this void and win honours in Italy would almost certainly be an opening Toni Kroos would thrive at. Juventus will almost certainly be looking to add extra quality to a midfield that includes, Khedira, Marchiso, Asamoah, Sturaro and Pogba to name a few. Kroos would certainly be a major coup for Juventus and Italian football if he were to arrive in the summer, the style of the Italian game would suit Kroos and the players around him at Juventus would benefit his game entirely. Should Pogba leave the Italian giants in the summer, the club will have major money to compete this summer, Kroos would certainly have to at the very top of their shortlist. A move elsewhere in Europe especially to England may look the most likely outcome should he even leave Madrid this summer; however a smart move by both player and club would see Toni Kroos line-up in the white and black of Juventus come the start of next season.