Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could be lining up a transfer swoop for Chelsea and Arsenal target Sami Khedira, according to the Mirror.
The Dutchman has had a frustrating summer so far and has failed to land a host of top targets - and now has under two weeks to sign the players he needs in order to make the Red Devils a force again.
Mats Hummels, Arturo Vidal, Angel di Maria and Marco Reus have all been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, but so far the only players to sign on the dotted line are Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo for a combined fee of around £72 million.
However that could all be about to change, with the Mirror reporting that Manchester United could be about to make a move for Khedira. Chelsea and Arsenal have been heavily linked in recent weeks with the German, who is expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed today that the World Cup winner has turned down the offer of a new contract, which should spark a tussle between Chelsea and Arsenal for his services.
However Manchester United could enter the running as they look to find a midfielder to finally add some steel to their midfield. With their pursuit of Vidal seemingly over and their interest in William Carvalho ended, Van Gaal could make a move for the 27-year-old.
"He [Khedira] has turned down an offer to agree new terms and he has one year left to run on his existing contract," Ancelotti said.
"Di Maria put in a transfer request in the summer and turned down an offer to renew his contract. The club has been trying to find a solution for him.
"If he is still here when the transfer window closes, he will continue to work with us like he did last season, without any problem."
One main obstacle for the Red Devils could be his wage demands however; Chelsea and Arsenal have reportedly cooled their interest because he's demanding somewhere in the region of £175,000-per-week.
Manchester United are unlikely to baulk at that figure however having recently handed striker Wayne Rooney a deal worth £300,000-per-week. There remains a chance that they could also still swoop for Angel di Maria, although he is likely to cost somewhere in the region of £60 million.
However time is fast running out to get the deals done that will make Manchester United a force again, and it has been claimed that there is growing tension between Van Gaal and the man charged with signing players, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
On the field, the Red Devils fell to a 2-1 defeat in Van Gaal's first competitive fixture in charge against Swansea on Saturday.
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