United ‘prioritise’ Kroos deal

Manchester United will launch a fresh attempt to persuade Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos to join them this summer, according to reports.

It is said the German international had an agreement to move to Old Trafford in 2014 from Bayern Munich before new boss Louis Van Gaal vetoed the deal, while the midfielder then joined Madrid.

The central midfielder has won two Champions League crowns and a La Liga title in a trophy-laiden spell at the Bernabeu, forming a key understanding with Luka Modric.

A report in The Independent outlines how United “have a long-standing interest in the Germany international and almost signed him in 2014 before he went to Real Madrid.”

It adds that Los Blancos may be willing to sell: “word has got around the top European clubs that the Champions League holders will make some high-profile sales as they seek to overhaul their squad and buy a huge star.”

Madrid have youngsters Dani Ceballos, Matteo Kovacic and Marcos Llorente to potentially fill the void should the German depart this summer.