Manchester United are ready to increase their original £30m bid to sign Real Madrid star Sami Khedira.
According to The Sun, United officials will return to the Bernabeu with a second bid for the Germany international after their initial £30m offer was rebuffed last summer.
Khedira was one of several United targets the club chased 12 months ago, and it looks like another, Ander Herrera, will also finally complete his move to Old Trafford. But United want a holding midfielder too, and Khedira remains one of their top targets with Real Madrid privately admitting that he could leave.
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The 27-year-old missed the majority of last season with a cruciate ligament injury, and Luka Modric stepped up in absence to shine for the Champions League winners.
Carlo Ancelotti also has Asier Illarramendi and Xabi Alonso, and the Spanish giants have been linked with moves for Marco Verratti and Paul Pogba - both could be younger replacements for Khedira. As a result, Real Madrid are willing to listen to offers for the Germany international, who recovered from his injury in time to make the national team squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
He was engaged in contract talks with Real Madrid before leaving for the tournament, but negotiations reached a stalemate and don't look like progressing too much further. He has one year left on his current deal.
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With the Ander Herrera deal seemingly immenient, it looks like Ed Woodward has taken on board the lessons of last season.
But even with Herrera in the squad, United will need at least one other central midfielder to really make a big improvement on last season's seventh Premier League finish. Marouane Fellaini, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Anderson and Darren Fletcher is not a strong group as it stands.
Madrid hope a strong showing for Khedira and Germany at the World Cup will increase his valuation. Even though he has just 12 months remaining on his contract, they believe United's desperation in the transfer market means they could extract more than the £30m they bid last summer.