Old Trafford boss keen on German international.
Following a badly-timed string of injuries at the club, it is looking more and more likely that Manchester United will have to spend in the January transfer window, with Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira making the shortlist.
In his midfield, Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to be without Tom Cleverley and Anderson until February at the soonest, with Darren Fletcher also taking time off from the game to battle a stomach illness.
Despite claiming earlier last week that the Red Devils would not be making any signings in the New Year, defensive injuries are also taking their toll on the side and it’s likely the Glazer family will need to dip into their purses come January.
The transfer fee for which Khedira moved to Real Madrid is currently unknown, however the Spanish giants have reportedly stamped an £18m price-tag on their valued asset.
This may well be a very wise move by Sir Alex Ferguson. Sami Khedira has missed the last few La Liga fixtures and has shared defensive midfield duties with the rejuvenated Lassana Diarra and though Jose Mourinho may be loathed to consider offers from Man United, if the German international is tempted by a switch from the Bernabeu to Old Trafford then perhaps a January move could be on the cards.
Ferguson lacks an out and out defensively minded midfield option and though Phil Jones has been very effective when called upon to fill this role a move for Khedira would help add a more natural balance to the club’s first team. The former Stuttgart man had a fairly decent first season in Spain but has struggled for consistency this term as he has found himself chopping and changing with Diarra and being left out of the El Clasico last week must have been a blow to the 24 year old’s confidence.
A valuation of £18m is about right and in today’s transfer market could even be considered as something of a bargain. Khedira will also be keen to secure regular first team football ahead of the Euro 2012 finals in the summer.
Sir Alex Ferguson has missed the presence of a true defensive midfielder ever since Owen Hargreaves’ injury problems blighted his career at the club and perhaps Khedira is the ideal man to fill the void?