Manchester United Balls: Toni Kroos Signed For David Moyes But Stayed At Bayern
YESTERDAY, the Daily Express told its readers that Toni Kroos had signed for Manchester United. That story was picked up all over the mainstream media. All the story lacked to make it ring true was: a quote from the player or his agent; a fee; a statement from either club, one of which trades on the New York Stock Exchange, where investors might be interested in what would be a multi-million dollar investment; and any named person willing to go on the record to corroborate the Express‘ scoop.
Amongst the paper of record repeating the Express’ ball was the Daily Mirror, which reported “United have agreed deal in principle with Bayern for midfielder Toni Kroos”.
One day on, and the Mirror reports:
Man United target Toni Kroos will NOT be offered improved contract at Bayern, hints club president
Well, no. He’s already agreed a deal with United. Right? The Mirror then adds:
The German international is a long-term target for the Red Devils, and is unlikely to get the deal he wants from the Bundesliga champions
Unlikely? What happened to “won’t”?
Want to hear what Bayern president Karl Hopfner told German magazine Kicker? Here goes:
“Kroos is under contract until 2015. There will certainly be more talks. But eventually the player has to say what he wants. We will not overstep certain financial limits.”
So. Kroos remains a Bayern Munich player. Or as the Mail says today:
A £20million deal for Kroos was agreed when David Moyes was still in charge at Old Trafford and his successor, former Bayern coach Louis van Gaal, has said the move can go ahead.
Such are the facts in the season of transfer balls…