Feb 13

Football transfer rumours: Toni Kroos and Isco to Manchester United?

Today’s chatter will give you a warm glow

How to solve a problem like Paul Pogba seems to be the conundrum vexing José Mourinho right now and he believes Toni Kroos and Isco could be the missing pieces in Manchester United’s midfield puzzle.

United have been longtime admirers of both playmakers, having attempted to lure Isco to Old Trafford in 2012 and Kroos two years later, but it looks increasingly likely they may be willing to play their trump card: David de Gea. Despite utterances to the contrary, Mourinho is beginning to realise there is only so long De Gea will continue to put up with saving the reputations of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, and is ready to play ball with Real Madrid. United are willing to pay up to £135m for Isco alone and with Real in disarray and a drastic overhaul expected at the Bernabéu in the summer, Mourinho also has Raphaël Varane in his sights.

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