If you believe the rumors, Manchester United and Bayern Munich have already agreed to the £20 million transfer of German international midfielder Toni Kroos. With Kroos being in the last year of his current deal with the German champions, it looks as though Manchester United will be getting a bargain.
It's not signed, sealed or delivered yet, but with the rumor picking up weight by the day, there is a very good chance this one gets done. So how will this affect the England team going forward?
Manchester United duo Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick both missed out on being selected to England's World Cup squad. Both have battled inconsistent form on a sinking ship. Cleverley who made 22 appearances for the red devils last year scored just once and only created 10 chances all season. Carrick who is now predominantly a holding midfielder scored once and created 28 chances.
My immediate thought was that this would have a negative affect on Tom and his future England career. However with Everton supposedly interested in his services, being forced out the door may be the best thing for Cleverley and any hope he has of resurrecting his stuttering career.
If he were to move on due to the arrival of Kroos at United, and move to a team who play attacking attractive football like Everton, he could regain a lot of the confidence that he seems to have lost over the course of the last 12 months. United and their rotational system may not be the best thing for Tom if he hopes to continue his development.
I personally don't think Cleverley is a bad player, I just don't think at this moment in time he is an international player. Luckily it seems as though Roy Hodgson realized this in omitting him from his World Cup squad. Although Cleverley has been a regular in any Hodgson side, picking up 13 caps, his current and historical performances for United over the past 12 months did not warrant a place.
Toni Kroos arriving at United may be the best thing for him.