Toni Kroos on Thursday became Real Madrid’s first high-profile signing for the new season, moving from Bayern Munich on a six-year deal just days after winning the World Cup with Germany.
The 24-year-old playmaker had an outstanding World Cup, scoring two goals in two minutes in the 7-1 semi-final rout of Brazil, en route to overcoming Argentina 1-0 in Sunday’s final.
Spanish media said Real and Bayern agreed on a deal worth between 25 million and 30 million euros (HK$262 million and HK$314 million). The two clubs said the transfer fee would remain secret.
His arrival could hasten the departure of fellow German Sami Khedira who risks losing his midfield place.
Real hailed their latest catch as “one of the most important players of the moment”.
A Real statement described Kroos as “a playmaker capable of finding the best option in any situation, with a vision of the game enabling him to help his teammates, as well as an impressive kick”.
Kroos, whose contract with Bayern expired next season, sided with Real over alternatives such as Manchester United or Chelsea.
“We thank Toni Kross for his time at Munich,” said Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “We have experienced great successes with him.”
Kroos arrives at the Santiago Bernabeu with 11 trophies already on his cv, the World Cup the jewel in a collection including the last year Champions League, Bundesliga titles and the Club World Cup.
It is the second high-profile World Cup player to move to La Liga this month, following Luis Suarez’s reported 95 million euro transfer from Liverpool to Real’s arch rivals Barcelona.