In a story that has accelerated faster than Superman in a telephone booth, the final chapter to the Toni Kroos transfer saga might have written its last period.
Marca is reporting that Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have agreed to a transfer of Kroos for €25 million. The fee is tied with Bayern's Owen Hargreaves's deal to Manchester United as the most lucrative transfer amount Bayern has ever received for a player that came through their youth system.
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Bild and SB Nation's Managing Madrid reported on Monday that the two clubs had come to an agreement, although neither gave a definitive transfer fee. Both reports came after Marca revealed that Toni Kroos had reached a five-year agreement with Real Madrid, a contract that would pay him €5 million per year after tax. The report also suggests that Bayern attempted to give Kroos a significant raise in salary, but he declined and elected to join Madrid instead.
The 24-year-old has refused to comment on the situation, his blinders narrowed only for his duty to his country.
"Now's not the time to talk about that sort of thing," he said. "My mind is focussed on Germany and the goal of winning the World Cup. That's what's important right now."
"I've got a contract with Bayern 'til 2015 and over the last five months I've had plenty of similar situations. When it's not Real, it's [Manchester] United. They're great teams, just as Bayern is. If there's a decision to be made, it'll be after the World Cup." [Marca]
Kroos's agent Volker Struth has long denied a move away from Munich would happen before his contract with Bayern expired in 2015. "There is no agreement, neither with Real Madrid nor with any other club," Struth said on Monday. "Right now toni is playing in a World Cup, which absolutely stands in the foreground. There will be no news to give before it ends."
Both Bayern and Real Madrid are unlikely to confirm or deny this report before the World Cup ends for Germany. With the Nationalelf in the quarterfinals, the resolution to this plot line will not come for another two weeks.