Toni Kroos is set to be unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Thursday after Bayern Munich confirmed an agreement had been reached with the European champions.
Kroos, 24, had turned down Bayern’s offer of a new contract beyond 2015 and the Bavarians have now cashed in on the Germany international, earning a fee believed to be between £20-24 million.
The player’s agent Volker Struth confirmed the move to Sport1 on Thursday, while Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also spoke on the situation.
“We would like to thank Toni Kroos for his time in Munich,” Rummenigge said. “We enjoyed great success with him here and we now wish him and his family all the best in Madrid.”
Kroos played every minute of Germany’s triumphant World Cup campaign, and was a long-time target for Manchester United. He met with his agent in Mallorca immediately after his return from the World Cup and a deal was then struck with Real.
The midfielder has signed a six-year deal in the Spanish capital, where he joins compatriot Sami Khedira. The two world champions might not get to play in the same team, however, with Khedira linked with a move to Arsenal or Chelsea, where he would be reunited with former Real player Mesut Ozil.
Kroos spent the 18 months on loan at Bayer Leverkusen up to June 2010, making 48 appearances for them and scoring 10 goals.
Since returning to Bayern, he has played 205 times in four seasons, scoring 24 goals and winning the Bundesliga three times, the German Cup three times, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.