Bayern Munich refuse Kroos sale and confirm interest in Draxler
Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has confirmed the club does not plan to sell midfielder Toni Kroos. Following reports of a multi-million euro offer from Premier League champions Manchester United, Sammer announced that Bayern Munich weren’t negotiating with any team over the possibility of selling Kroos.
Sammer also revealed that the treble-winning side was also still interested in signing the Schalke youngster Julian Draxler. The prodigal forward has gained a lot of attention in the transfer market, with Premier League giants Arsenal launching an official campaign to bring the young German star to London.
However, before venturing off to bring Draxler, Bayern Munich’s primary objective would be to tie down Kroos to a new contract. The Germany international will be out of a contract in the summer of 2015. The 24-year-old has yet to sign a new contract with Bayern Munich, which means if negotiations fail the German club might be forced to sell Kroos this summer.
The rumor mill suggests Kroos has demanded Bayern Munich to double his salary before he puts pen on paper for a new deal. The attacking midfielder is currently making around 86,000 euros a week and is considered to be among the middle percentile of salary makers at Bayern Munich.
Kroos played a central role in Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win over Arsenal on Wednesday. Kroos, who scored a stunner from outside of the box against the Gunners, has reportedly had playing time issues with manager Pep Guardiola. The former Barcelona manager has shrugged of such reports suggesting that Kroos wanted to continue playing for Bayern Munich.
Sammer too has confirmed that Bayern Munich will “try hard” to keep Kroos beyond the duration of his original contract.
“We value Toni. We have underlined that several times,” Sammer said. “Toni is under contract until the summer of 2015. Until then nothing will change. And we try hard to make him stay beyond that.”
Sammer also confirmed that all contract talks with Kroos had been postponed till the summer break after the first session of the negotiations ended at a stalemate. Sammer also talked about the possibility of signing Draxler, who has a 45.5 million-euro release clause in his contract at Schalke.
“In the interests of FC Bayern I can’t principally and generally rule out anything,” Sammer said.
“No matter for which player, national or international. And why should I? Because I will never rule out the best for the club. And you will see, who will be the best in the future.”