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Sami Khedira likely to accept Manchester United contract offer

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Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is likely to snub Liverpool in favour of a move to Manchester United when his contract at the Bernabeu expires this summer.

This is according to The Sun, who claim the German World Cup winner is likely to accept a contract offer ‘of around £150,000-a-week’ to join the Red Devils in time for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Schalke also have an interest in the 28-year-old, but these latest reports claim Manchester United are optimistic that they will win the race for the midfield enforcer’s signature.

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Do United need Sami Khedira?

United may have been among the clubs that Khedira’s agent, Jorg Neabauer, has reportedly held talks with over the past few weeks.

But there will be Manchester United supporters who question whether Khedira is needed at Old Trafford following the team’s excellent recent run of good form.

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Khedira would provide additional competition

The Red Devils have won their previous four matches - including those impressive victories over both Liverpool and Manchester City - and the likes of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini have all played instrumental roles in the team’s resurgence.

With United almost certain to return to the Champions League, however, following a one-season absence, Louis van Gaal may feel that a new top-level central midfielder is essential in order to compete in both the Premier League and Europe’s premier club competition.

Injury problems are a major concern

But Manchester United must spend time seriously considering whether Khedira is worth such a large contract, not least because of his checkered record when it comes to injuries.

The former Stuttgart midfielder missed most of last season after suffering a knee ligament injury - but won his race to compete in last summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil - and has been restricted to just 11 La Liga appearances with Real Madrid this season following a series of untimely fitness problems.

Khedira has endured particular trouble with a thigh muscle on several occasions this season, while that serious knee injury he suffered last term ought to concern any potential buyer.

No longer good enough for Real - but good enough for United?

Khedira will leave Real Madrid this summer having fallen down the pecking order following the departure of Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2013.

Carlo Ancelotti is spoilt for choice when it comes to central midfield options, and Khedira is now surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.

So, do United really need a Real Madrid cast-off, whose best days are arguably now behind him, with a poor recent record of picking up injuries?

Van Gaal might be better off looking elsewhere - even if it won’t cost a penny, in terms of a transfer fee, to sign him.

Manchester United fans: would you be happy if Sami Khedira signed for the Red Devils this summer? Have your say in the comments below!

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