Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola does not want Toni Kroos in his side next season and, according to reports in Spain, has given his approval for the sale of midfielder to Real Madrid.
The 24-year-old - who has only one year left on his contract at the Allianz Arena - has rejected a new deal and Bayern are unwilling to improve their offer.
And, according to El Confidencial, the German international's refusal to renew his contract has exhausted the former Barcelona manager's patience, who has asked for the matter to be resolved as soon as possible – even though initially Bayern had no intention of negotiating the sale of the player.
Last week it was reported that Real had completed the signing of Kroos after agreeing a £20m deal with the German giants – although it would not be made public until after the World Cup while the player wants to focus on helping Germany in Brazil.
However, when questioned regarding the move during the pre-match press conference ahead of Germany's World Cup quarter-final against France, Kroos said: "I can't comment on every article that comes out in the press."
"A week and a half ago I said I would decide my future after the World Cup. As soon as the World Cup is over I'll make a decision; that's not going to happen in the middle of a tournament. I won't sign anything while I'm with the squad," he was quoted by AS.
Meanwhile, his agent Voker Struth added: "Nothing had been made clear from our end. The signing has not been confirmed."
And even the Germany coach Joaquim Low himself rubbished the suggestion, as saying: "I've spoken to him and he told me he has not had personal contact with Madrid. He's focused on the World Cup and will decide afterwards."
However, Marca insists the deal is all but done and understand that the player denied it purely to remain focused on the World Cup and not will confirm the deal until after the Brazil tournament.