Pep Guardiola’s reign as Manchester City manager is getting off to a busy start in the transfer market. Fresh from signing Ilkay Gundogan, 25, from Borussia Dortmund, the Spaniard is looking to recruit Toni Kroos, 26, from Real Madrid as he seeks to freshen up City’s midfield.
Expectations are high with club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak claiming that Guardiola is ready to take Manchester City to the “next level”. Kroos is seen as a pivotal piece in the jigsaw with Yaya Toure, 33, seeking reassurances from the new City boss. The Ivory Coast international has interest from Inter Milan to weigh up as he considers his future.
Kroos joined Real from Bayern Munich two years ago in a £30m deal. A key member of the Madrid squad that won last seasons Champions League, the German is likely to cost City double that with Fernando’s, 28, sale offsetting some of the cost.
It’s that experience of winning the elite trophy in European football which City consider crucial if Guardiola’s vision is to become reality.
Fernando and Toure were criticised in some quarters last season. Villarreal and Valencia are expected to offer around £20m for the Portuguese midfielder.
Toure meanwhile, has been unsettled for some time with his agent criticising the club two years ago after they forgot to give the Ivorian a cake on his birthday. Guardiola though, was the Barcelona manager who sold Toure to Manchester City having preferred Sergio Busquets, 27, in the midfield holding role and it’s by no means certain that he will want Toure to remain at the Etihad.
A City bid for Kroos is not expected to be lodged until after the final of Euro 2016.
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