Sami Khedira's current transfer situation is a matter that clearly interests Premier League giants Manchester United.
Reports from The Daily Mail suggest that Real Madrid claim the Red Devils - who will shortly be under new management follow the end of Louis van Gaal's commitments to the Dutch national team at the World Cup - have asked to be kept informed on German Khedira, with two of their biggest Premier League rivals in the form of Arsenal and Chelsea having been closely linked with the player.
Manchester United to move for Khedira?
Just whether Manchester United intend to make a move of their own for Khedira this summer remains to be seen. However, what certainly cannot be in any doubt is Van Gaal's need to continue to strengthen the midfield at Old Trafford.
Last month's capture of former Athletic Bilbao favourite Ander Herrera will certainly improve the Dutchman's options in this regard, although it could certainly be argued that, even with the Spaniard's arrival, Manchester United still require the addition of a more robust, all-round midfielder with a proven track record at the highest level.
Khedira would certainly fit the criteria, with the 27-year-old - who was cruelly denied a place in Germany's starting XI for the World Cup final against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night due to a calf problem - having now won the World Cup and the Champions League as well as both the Bundesliga and La Liga titles during respective stints with Stuttgart and Real Madrid.
Arsenal closing in/Mourinho connection
If indeed an offer for Khedira does feature in Van Gaal's imminent transfer plans, then it appears that Manchester United - who have been more closely linked with Juventus talisman Arturo Vidal - will need to move quickly if they are to have any hope of putting themselves firmly in the running.
Just this morning, reports claimed that Arsenal - who clearly have an appetite for further major signings following last week's confirmed deal to bring Alexis Sanchez to the Emirates Stadium - have agreed a fee of approximately £23 million for his signature.
Chelsea's own interest in Khedira presumably dates back to Jose Mourinho's eventful spell in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Portuguese - who managed Real Madrid for three years between 2010-13 - was the manager responsible for bringing Khedira to Spain in the first place and the two men are believed to share a strong working relationship.
Manchester United fans, do you believe Van Gaal has an interest in Khedira? Is he the kind of player the Dutchman should be looking to bring to Old Trafford? Would you prefer to have him or Vidal? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box provided below.
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