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Man City boss Pep eyes Toni Kroos from Real Madrid

With contract talks up in the air, Germany international and Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos, is reportedly being tracked by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

The Spaniard is understood to be a long term fan of Kroos, who has won four Champions League trophies with the Spanish club. A key component of the Real Madrid midfield for the best part of a decade, his time could well be coming to an end.

Man City boss Pep eyes Toni Kroos from Real Madrid

Still, only 31, the player definitely has at least another couple of years playing football at the highest level and his experience could prove crucial to Guardiola, who will be looking to make sure that City can still compete with the best.

Could Kroos fit in at City?

Guardiola has long spoken about his admiration of Kroos and the player is regarded by many in the game as the best in his position in the world. His understanding of the game, awareness and ability to pick a pass perhaps put him a shade above City’s Kevin De Bruyne, with who he could forge a mouthwatering partnership if he were to switch to the Etihad Stadium.

The prospect of working under Guardiola for the player may turn out to be an opportunity that he cannot resist, especially when considering the wealth of talent that City also have in their squad.

Real Madrid are also going through somewhat of a transition as well, with a number of their past ‘Galacticos’ moving on in recent years, while club president, Florentino Perez, is understood to be lining up more in the summer.

Getting Kroos off the books might make sense for Perez, who may well be keen to build a team consisting of the next generation of Galacticos, as we head into his third era.

Smart business for City

With the player costing nothing, plus his ability and experience City will close an astute deal if they are able to attract the former Bayer Leverkusen player.

It would also see him link up with fellow Germany international, Ilkay Gundogan, who has flourished in Manchester, playing a key role in the club’s Premier League title win last season.

Any player of Kroos’ ability is only going to improve a team and even if he doesn’t play every game, he would certainly be a valuable asset for Guardiola to have, both on the field and in the dressing room.