Manchester United are ready to offer Sami Khedira a massive contract worth £5.5 million-a-year, reports The Express.
Khedira has fallen out of favour at Real Madrid this season and is ready to walk out on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer. The World Cup winner will be free to discuss terms with other clubs in January and Manchester United are ready to make him an exceptional offer.
Premier League interest
The offer stemming from Old Trafford has been designed to sway Khedira into rejecting offers from both Chelsea and Arsenal. Both clubs have the upper hand in the race for the defensive midfielder for different reasons.
Arsenal have a strong German contingent in their current squad with the likes of Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski currently plying their trade at the Emirates. Reports suggest that both Ozil and Mertesacker have spoken to Khedira in an attempt to coax him to north London.
At Stamford Bridge, however, Khedira has the chance to reunite with Jose Mourinho, who built a strong relationship with the 27-year-old in his three-year spell in charge of Real Madrid. Khedira is reportedly leaning towards Chelsea, but Manchester United's massive offer could change that.
It appears Louis van Gaal is now fully focused on Khedira after failing to land Arturo Vidal in the summer and being put off by AS Roma's £75 million price tag for Kevin Strootman. Khedira represents a cheaper alternative for United; not that money is an issue for Van Gaal.
Manchester United's contract offer, worth £105,000-a-week, will surely tempt Khedira but the fact remains that it will be significantly less than the £150,000-a-week he demanded from Arsene Wenger in the summer.
The Arsenal boss was forced to pull the plug on the deal after Khedira refused to budge on his outlandish demands. However, there has subsequently been reports that Khedira is more open to a smaller wage in a bid to revive his stuttering career.