Saturday 20 January 2018

Man United going head-to-head with Chelsea for Real Madrid's Sami Khedira

Real Madrid star Sami Khedira
Real Madrid star Sami Khedira

Manchester United and Chelsea have emerged as the new favourites to sign Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, reports The Daily Mail.

United have maintained an interest in the Real Madrid star since failing to sign him in August 2013. His representatives have spoken to Schalke on a number of occasions but the fifth-placed Bundesliga side have been struggling to come up with a suitable financial package.

Khedira was a target for Arsenal, and his free-agent status will give him more options, but his salary of £190,000-a-week at 28 years-old is not so easy to accommodate. Niggling injuries have also helped limit him to just 17 appearances for Madrid since the World Cup.

United have also discussed the possibility of reviving their interest in Paris St Germain's energetic midfielder Blaise Matuidi if a deal can be struck. Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels remain on their list, too.

Louis van Gaal has been working on new summer signings for United since the turn of the year, claims The Mirror.

United are targeting a host of players including Gareth Bale, Nathaniel Clyne, Kevin Strootman, Memphis Depay and Edinson Cavani ahead of their return to the Champions League next season.

The Metro, meanwhile, believes United are closing in on the triple signing of Hummels, Clyne and Depay.

Borussia Dortmund's Hummels in the first choice, and apparently an agreement is close over a move to Old Trafford.

PSV flyer Depay and Southampton full-back Clyne are expected to follow, with United putting aside £70m to get all three players signed up.

Indeed, The Express reports that Clyne's move from Southampton to Manchester United is a 'done deal'.

The Saints are understood to want at least £17m for the newly-capped England international, with the suggestion that Javier Hernandez could be going the other way.

Liverpool are preparing to offload Mario Balotelli to finance a move for United outcast Radamel Falcao, says The Daily Star.

Falcao, 29, is known to be dissatisfied with warming the bench at Old Trafford, and has been reduced to tears by his current predicament, according to his mentor Silvano Espindola.

He told AS Colombia: "I am not going to tell you that he feels happy because he isn't. We speak many times and we cry together. It is not an easy situation because every player wants to play and every goalscorer wants to score goals."

Falcao's lacklustre performances, and poultry four league goals, have lowered his price-tag to a more manageable £25m.

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