Manchester United have once again been linked with a move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira this summer.
According to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, the Spanish giants would be prepared to listen to offers for Khedira who has become surplus to requirements at Madrid, and could be allowed to leave for around €35m (£28m) after talks for a contract renewal have stalled and the 27-year-old’s contract is due to expire in 12 months.
Last year, David Moyes tried to sign Khedira on deadline day and he was rebuffed by Real Madrid in his advances but these reports suggest Van Gaal could try to bring him to Old Trafford as well.
The German international played only 15 games last season before rupturing his cruciate ligament but returned in time for Real Madrid’s last two league games and played 45 minutes in the Champions League final at the end of last month and was a surprise inclusion in the Germany squad for the World Cup.
A defensive midfielder who can also be deployed further up the pitch, Khedira rapidly established himself as crucial element of the Merengues squad since arriving from Stuttgart after the 2010 World Cup and has made 126 appearances for Real Madrid in three seasons, during which he won two Spanish Cups and one La Liga title.
El Confidencial adds that the Spanish giants would consider part ways with Khedira as they’d need to sell one of their midfielders before stepping up the chase for a replacement and while they won’t be rushed into offering the former Stuttgart man a new contract, they aren’t likely to stand in his way if he decided to bring his four-year spell at the Bernabeu to an end this summer.