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Real Madrid to beat Van Gaal to Kroos signing

Real Madrid have moved ahead of Manchester United in the battle for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos.

Bild says talks between Bayern Munich and Real are at an advanced stage and that the Spanish giants have offered the midfielder a contract worth £4million (5m euros) a year before tax.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal had personally called Kroos to convince him to come to Old Trafford.

But Real are now just waiting to hear back from the 24-year-old's agent Volker Struth after tabling their offer.

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