Toni Kroos is likely to be unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Thursday and will sign a five-year contract at the Santiago Bernabéu, according to reports in the German press. The midfielder, who scored two goals and laid on four assists during the World Cup, has seen his stock rise as a result of his performances in Germany’s successful campaign in Brazil.
Bild explains that Bayern Munich man Kroos, out for an improvement on his current salary of four million euros a year, had asked to be bumped up to the same level as the likes of Mario Götze, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Franck Ribéry, who earn 12 million per season. However, Bayern have only offered him seven million a year to extend a contract that expires on 30 June 2015.
Bayern’s plan had been for Kroos to remain in Bavaria and to negotiate his renewal over the coming season, with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commenting: “Toni will play for us next season.” However, the player’s determination to leave the Allianz Arena has seen the Bayern president change his mind. His preference is now to go ahead with a transfer, valued at 30 million euros in Germany and 25 in Spain. At Real, Kroos will earn the 12 million he has been denied by Bayern.