Toni Kroos is eyeing a move from Real Madrid, AS understands, and could well leave this summer if Los Blancos agree to sanction his sale.
In addition to fetching a sizeable transfer fee, the 29-year-old's departure would also free up space on the LaLiga giants' wage bill for potential midfield signings such as Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen, who are both players that Madrid's re-appointed coach, Zinedine Zidane, is keen on.
In what has been a poor season all-round for Madrid, Kroos has endured his worst campaign in Spain since arriving from Bayern Munich five years ago, leading to unprecedented levels of criticism for the German. "Right now, he's a diesel tractor," his compatriot Bernd Schuster, a former Madrid player and coach, even told Spanish radio in February. "He jogs around and does nothing."