Real Madrid have contacted the agent of Toni Kroos, Volker Struth, to find out what the German international's situation is. The Whites see the Bayern central midfielder as the perfect man to compliment their selection of players in the middle of the park, and they can be encouraged that the 25 year old, whose contract runs out in 2015, has not managed to agree terms with Bayern on a new deal. The rumour in Germany is that Kroos wants parity with Mario Götze and Ribéry, who earn around double his €3.5m per year, but Bayern have thus far resisted.
The situation plays into Madrid's hands because it leaves the Bavarian outfit with only two options: sell him now/have him sign a new deal, or let him leave for free in 2015. The midfielder has asked the club to listen to offers for him if they are unwilling to give him a pay rise.
Premier League. The only rival that Madrid have for the signature of Kroos is Manchester United. In April the player's agent said that the English club had not even made an offer for his player when the press reported his signing had been sealed. United are willing to pay Kroos the salary he wants, but they are unable to offer Champions League football after their disastrous campaign last season. The player wants his future resolved before the world Cup, but Bayern are playing hardball.
VIDAL. Alongside Kroos, he is first choice.
Madrid like him a lot and Ancelotti would give his signing the green light. The stumbling block is that Juventus value him at €60m, or want Di María and/or Marcelo to be included in any deal. Madrid feel this is an excessive amount and Ancelotti does not want to lose either player. In Italy there are no minimum fee release clauses, so only pressure from the Chilean himself could result in Juventus lowering their price.
VERRATTI. A personal favourite of Ancelotti
Ancelotti took him to PSG two years ago for €12m, and he would now cost around €35m. Florentino asked PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi about him when the two met at Roland Garros. The player spoke gushingly of the coach in an interview with Rai: "I love Carlo because he gave me so much confidence. I will never be able to thank him enough".
POGBA. A complicated alternative
Like Vidal, Juventus want a lot of money for him (between €50m and €60m), or Di María/Marcelo to be included in any deal. The Whites also believe the player might have an arrangement with PSG, as he is yet to sign a new contract.