In the last few days The Mirror have reported that Manchester United and Manchester City are both keeping close tabs on German international Sami Khedira.
Manchester United coach Phil Neville was sent by David Moyes to watch Khedira in their recent league match against Sevilla, which Madrid won 7-3. Real are unlikely to be willing to sell the German international however.
Khedira has been a key part of Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid side this season, and the Italian manager is keen to see Sami tied down to a long-term contract. Club president Florentino Perez is planning on offering him a contract which will add a further two years onto his current deal and also increase his annual salary to £3m.
Sami Khedira is a hardworking midfielder who can often go unnoticed. He is a player that does the hard ugly work and allows the more skilful players in the Madrid team to benefit from this. Manchester City currently employ Fernandinho in this position and have previously had Gareth Barry to do a similar job.
Manchester United were linked with a move for the 26-year-old in the summer and are again said to be interested in a move for the Madrid player in January. Whether he would be willing to leave remains to be seen. He is currently an important first team player for the club, and perhaps only Manchester City’s financial clout could force a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
It was clear that David Moyes was looking for this type of player in the summer, after numerous failed bids for combative central midfielders. Marouane Fellaini hasn't quite fitted in at Old Trafford just yet, and the Red Devils are also said to still be monitoring Ander Herrera of Athletic Bilbao. It is unclear how much Manchester United have in their transfer kitty, and they were rather cautious in their bids in the summer.
It would take a lot for Khedira to leave Real Madrid. He is loved by Carlo Ancelotti and is an important part of the team. The German international looks to be settled at the club, and a move away would definitely not be on his mind.
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