Jose Mourinho has scanned his midfield up and down, noticed Michael Carrick limping around Carrington on those classy, but ageing, knees and has decided enough is enough.
I want a pass master in my side to complement the brute force of Nemanja Matic, the technical brilliance of Paul Pogba, the bite of Ander Herrera and the all-around awesomeness of Marouane Fellaini… and he has zeroed his sights on one of his former employers’ current employees.
Toni Kroos is living a relatively happy life at Real Madrid winning Champions Leagues by the basketful and complementing it with a league title last year, but the serene German playmaker’s life is set to be disrupted if the good folk over at Calciomercato are to be believed.
As per the good folk over at Calciomercato, Jose Mourinho has up and decided that Kroos is his no.1 target and will likely meet Madrid’s €91 Million (or £80 Million) valuation for the German.
Toni Kroos has been in fine fettle over the past few years at Madrid and while his statistics may not be impressive enough for a select bunch of people who believe those numbers are the be all and end all of the game, those who watch him play week-in and week-out know just how important he is – making Real Madrid tick with his incisive passing and quite incredible vision and technique on the ball.