Bayern Munich sign midfielder, freeing up Toni Kroos for Manchester United move

Bild today confirmed that Bayern Munich have signed Frankfurt's Sebastian Rode on a four year contract. The 23 year old midfielder's contract runs out at the end of the current season and he'll go to Bayern on a free transfer. It's something which has been rumoured in Germany for some time and Frankfurt themselves have leaked the news previously, clearly not too pleased with the situation.

It doesn't stop there for Bayern and midfielders. German magazine Focus this week said that the club had held initial talks with Ilkay Gundogan regarding a summer move. That would be a huge development and perhaps rightly infuriate Borussia Dortmund. Gundogan has been out for the season and there are real doubts over his involvement in the World Cup. If he were to get fit and leave for Bayern the reactions in Germany would be furious.

But why do Bayern Munich need one additional midfielder, let alone any more?  

They currently have Javi Martinez, Thiago, Mario Gotze, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos and the defender turned midfielder Philipp Lahm. That's six of the world's top middle men in one squad, plus the youngsters they have sniffing around the squad.

It doesn't take much suspicion to think they could be planning for the exit of one of those and Toni Kroos appears most likely to be that man. Just like Gundogan he has a contract expiring in June 2015 and just like Gundogan he hasn't been able to agree a renewal yet.

Another similarity with Gundogan's situation is Manchester United interest. Kroos hasn't folded at the public pressure being put on him by Bayern to renew and told Kicker this week that it's not only money which is making him stall on a renewal, and leading him to consider his options.

The Manchester United links are almost daily from the British press and it would be understandable if Bayern were looking to recruit to cover the an exit. The Rode deal is already done, perhaps they're more worried about a Kroos exit then they're letting on. 

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