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Manchester United offered Sami Khedira

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Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid contract rebel Sami Khedira, reports Daily Star journalist Paul Hetherington.

The Germany international is set to leave the Bernabeu this summer and won't cost clubs a penny to in transfer fees. His contract expires at the end of June and he is not short of offers.

Louis van Gaal is interested in signing Khedira but faces stiff competition from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Liverpool and Arsenal are named as potential suitors in the same report as well.

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Huge demands

However, the winner of this transfer race will be the club with the biggest pockets. Khedira is well aware of how attractive he is to other clubs and knows how deep the pockets of some Premier League clubs are.

His representatives have told Old Trafford officials that Khedira will accept no less than £200,000-a-week. Having suffered a serious knee injury in the past, that figure should be enough to put off Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger.

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Where will he go?

Mourinho loves Khedira having helped him establish himself at Real Madrid during his three-year stint in charge. Van Gaal also sees Khedira as an alternative to Kevin Strootman, who is in the midst of recovering from a serious knee injury himself.

Manchester United's priority will be signing Khedira's international team-mates Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund, but could move for the 28-year-old after sealing a deal for the centre-back.

Wages

Arsenal were rumoured to be close on a transfer last summer, but pulled out of a deal after Khedira demanded £150,000-a-week in wages. 

After a season on the fringes of the Real Madrid squad, it is hard to see where the increase has come from. It is probably a combination of his free transfer status and the new £5billion TV deal.

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