Arsenal and Chelsea have been the teams heavily linked with a move for Sami Khedira over the past few months; however, Manchester United could beat out competition from their English Premier League rivals with a lucrative contract offer for the Real Madrid midfielder.
Manchester United are in need of strengthening in their midfield, despite the summer signings of Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera, and while Louis Van Gaal is keen on a move for one of Arturo Vidal or Kevin Strootman in the January transfer window, the manager is also looking at the possibility of signing Khedira.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly desperate to sign Khedira in January, while Jose Mourinho is also eager to be reunited with the player he enjoyed a good rapport with at Real Madrid.
However, while both Arsenal and Chelsea are open to offering lucrative contracts for Khedira, who will be a free agent, as it stands, next summer, and can talk to clubs in January, Manchester United are ready to offer as much as £200,000 a week, considerably more than their two rivals, according to the Daily Star.
Khedira will undoubtedly have several big clubs to pick from if he decides to see out his contract with Real Madrid and move on a free at the end of the season, but Manchester United are also looking at the possibility of signing the 27-year-old during the January transfer window, much like Chelsea and Arsenal.
Van Gaal is ready to pay a fee to Real Madrid in January to bring in Khedira to Old Trafford, but with Arsenal, Chelsea and even Bayern Munich reportedly showing an interest, the club will find it difficult to convince the player to sign for the Manchester United in the winter window without Champions League football.
If Manchester United finish in the top four and seal a Champions League place for next season, however, the task of convincing Khedira will be easier, but it remains to be seen if Chelsea or Arsenal make a move for the Real Madrid man in the January transfer window, which in turn might force Van Gaal's hand.