Manchester United step up interest in £35m midfielder

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United have rekindled their interest in Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira according to both the Daily Star and The Mirror.

David Moyes tried and failed to sign Khedira in a deadline day transfer this summer but sent Phil Neville to watch the 26-year-old in action last weekend as Madrid trounced Sevilla 7-3 where he played 82 minutes.

Under Ancelotti, Khedira has become one of his first choice midfielders in a side that he has chopped and changed a lot but there are plenty of reasons to suggest that a move could materialise.

In October, Khedira voiced his anger at his treatment in Spain and lambasted the press for making him a ‘scapegoat’ even if he performed well on the pitch. As well as his own concerns with life in Spain, Madrid have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to midfielders.

Luka Modric, Asier Illaramendi and Isco have all competed for central positions in the Santiago Bernabeu this year. On top of that, Xabi Alonso has now returned from injury and will likely be eased back into the side which threatens Khedira’s spot in the side.

There is no question that Moyes is going to be very active in the next few transfer windows after the failure of the last one and his deadline bid for Khedira showed he felt the German could be what he is looking for at Old Trafford. With the increased competition and his personal feelings towards life in Spain, a move away could be on the cards for Khedira with Old Trafford a potential destination.

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