Spain media add credence to Alonso rumour; United capitalise on Khedira stalemate

With Arsenal and Chelsea cooling interest in Khedira, Real Madrid could be forced to sell Xavi Alonso to Manchester United in order to be FFP compliant.

Rare is the day when a player of Sami Khedira's calibre can neither get a: the contract he desires at his current club nor b: maintain the attention of interested parties like Arsenal or Chelsea.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal can reportedly capitalise on the World Cup winning German's ambiguous future at Real Madrid by taking a punt on the player's team-mate.

In order to be Financial Fair Play compliant, Los Blancos need to raise substantial funds after spending €130 million on Keylor Navas, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

If Carlo Ancelotti cannot do that through the prospective transfer of Khedira, then he may well have to ratify the unfancied exit of former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso, as Catalan publication Sport attempt to bring credence to the transfer rumours linking the Spain international with a move to Old Trafford.

Sport claim that the likeliest way to receive transfer funds is to either sell Angel di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain (who are struggling to balance their own books following the £50 million signing of David Luiz), or allow United to enter personal negotiations with Alonso.

Sport write: "Khedira was, until now, the number one candidate to leave Real's midfield.

"But Madrid could be open to the transfer of Xabi Alonso if the offer is good as they need to recover part of the investments made this summer."

Alonso has a valuation of £7.04 million.

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