Manchester United are prepared to make a £20 million bid for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, who has been deemed surplus to requirements by staff at the Bernabeu. The Red Devils, though, face stiff competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal for the combative Germany international’s signature.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is determined to secure the services of Chelsea’s tireless midfielder Ramires, according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial - and brought to our attention by the Express - and is subsequently keen to cash in on 27-year-old Khedira as quickly as possible.
Van Gaal is a fan
United manager Louis van Gaal has already rejected the chance to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos and Spain international Cesc Fabregas, who completed a surprise move from Barcelona to Chelsea last week, but the revered Dutch coach has identified Khedira as the ideal summer acquisition thanks to his quality, experience and work rate.
Any bid the Red Devils make, however, will be matched by Arsenal. Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has a long-standing interest in the robust midfielder and will instruct the club to match United’s offer, despite passing up the opportunity to re-sign former star Fabregas this month.
Real Madrid have suspended planned contract negotiations with Khedira, increasing speculation that a transfer will happen sooner rather than later. However, it’s unlikely that any deal will be completed until after the World Cup finals in Brazil, when the German midfielder makes his way back to Europe.
Chelsea have also been linked with Khedira over the past couple of months, but it’s unclear whether the acquisition of Fabregas means Jose Mourinho is no longer interested in signing the player he brought to the Bernabeu from Stuttgart in 2010.
With the Portuguese coach reportedly keen on Khedira’s Germany teammate, Kroos, it seems the battle for the Real Madrid ace will strictly be a two-horse race between Manchester United and Arsenal.
Khedira spent four season in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart before shining on the world stage in South Africa four years ago. His performances for Germany at the 2010 World Cup finals convinced Mourinho to make complete a £10 million deal for the holding midfielder.
He has made 144 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring nine goals, but his 2013/14 campaign was disrupted by a serious knee injury, which help him sidelined for five months.
However, he returned to action just in time for Real Madrid’s run-in and, of course, the World Cup finals in Brazil.