Manchester United are ready to finally make a formal move for Sami Khedira, because they believe Real Madrid are ready to give up efforts to keep the midfielder and instead focus their efforts on a deal for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
Khedira has become a firm favourite of the transfer gossip columns after rejecting Madrid's offer to begin negotiations over a new contract, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern Munich among the top European clubs linked with a move for the German international.
All three might be set for transfer frustration though, with the Daily Mail reporting that United are lining up a move for Khedira and think they have what it takes to finally take the midfield maestro away from La Liga.
Van Gaal ready to keep spending
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been backed in the transfer market by United chiefs ever since making the move to Old Trafford, so don't be surprised if the Khedira deal is being worked on before the January transfer widow even opens.
United are still searching for a top box-to-box midfielder and Khedira would certainly fit the bill, a World Cup and Champions League winner with a proven track record at the very highest level.
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Arsenal also still chasing Khedira deal
Arsenal probably need a strong midfield linchpin like Khedira far more than United in all honesty, as yesterday's shocking first-half performance in the 3-2 defeat to Stoke City showed.
The Gunners may well pay a heavy price for dithering in their pursuit of the 27-year-old though, with lofty wage demands putting them off last summer.
United are ready to take advantage and will have no problem meeting Khedira's wage demands, if Madrid decide they want Reus and need to offload his German international colleague to make it happen.
A source in Madrid told the Daily Mail's transfer grapevine that Reus is certain to leave a Dortmund side that have been truly awful domestically once his ankle problem has cleared up, so expect Khedira to be moved before his contract expires in the summer if United get their way.