Manchester United look set to miss out on key transfer target Toni Kroos with the midfielder expected to sign a new contract at Bayern Munich.
United had been hopeful of landing Kroos, whose contract expires in 2015. However, according to Jamie Jackson of the Guardian indications coming out of Munich now suggest the German international will stay put, signing a new long-term deal to keep him at the Allianz Arena for the prime years in his footballing life.
Jackson reports that United have not given up all hope of landing the Bayern star. However, with David Moyes' men likely to miss out on qualification for next season's Champions League, the lure of Old Trafford is likely to have weakened somewhat.
Kroos' future at Bayern had been uncertain earlier this year when he had seemed out of favour in Pep Guardiola's side. As Sky Sports reports, Guardiola said of Kroos: "He is an important player but things can move fast in football. Here today, gone tomorrow."
However, any doubt that Kroos would stay in Munich has now severely diminished and any fans who witnessed his fantastic strike against Arsenal in the Champions League last 16 will surely welcome the news.
Kroos has been in fine form all season, making six assists and chipping in with three goals in 31 appearances for Bayern this term, per Whoscored.com. The midfielder has looked comfortable with Guardiola's philosophy and deserves his place at the club in the long-term future.
Moyes will be disappointed to miss out on the German, with a revamp of United's midfield one of a long list of priorities this summer. United have been woeful all season and sit seventh in the Premier League after last year's retirement of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Red Devils need world-class reinforcements if they are to regain their position as a force to be reckoned with in European football, so missing out on Kroos will come as a bitter blow.