German tongues are wagging after the recently-dismissed manager of FC Cologne, Zvonimir Soldo, was quoted by “Jutarnji” newspaper of his native Croatia as saying he had heard from a reliable source that Bayern were interested in signing his compatriot.
It is believed that a fee of around €13m (roughly £11m) would be enough to secure Kranjčar’s services, and with a midfield already overflowing with talent, Spurs may view any such deal as an ideal way to balance their books, having just posted annual losses of £6.6m.
The midfielder has also recently been forced to admit that, although he would find it hard to leave White Hart Lane, unless he is given regular first team football he may have to consider his options elsewhere. A move to last season’s Champions League finalists would, therefore, seem ideal.
However, the German giants are certainly not short of talent in the engine room themselves. Their midfield quartet of Frank Ribery, Mark van Bommel, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben played a huge part in taking the team to the brink of Champions League glory last season, and Kranjčar may find it extremely difficult to break into such a line-up.