Moyes turns attention to German international.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is set to turn his attentions to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate Sami Khedira in a bid to make his first major signing of the season.
Having seen a number of his reported targets slip through his fingers already in his short time in charge at Old Trafford, he is keen to show fans that he is capable of attracting top names by planning a raid for the German international midfielder.
Real have consistently blocked United’s approach for their former charge, but CaughtOffside understands that the Spanish giants would be willing to listen to any sensible offers made for the 26-year-old.
Furthermore, it is a move that could appeal to Khedira, as he has sought assurances from new coach Carlo Ancelotti over his plans for the season as he wants to ensure that he is involved in the German national side ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil. German newspapers believe that their country will be amongst the favourites to challenge for the title and Khedira, like many other German midfielders will be hoping for a starring role.
United had been rumoured to be watching the classy midfield ace last year, though Sir Alex Ferguson obviously had other targets in mind. However, Moyes is said to be concerned about the numbers and quality of his central midfield options as they head into the new season.
New Chelsea, and former Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho, was also said to be keen on bringing him with him to west London, but priorities elsewhere meant that the deal failed to materialise.
Following on from Paul Scholes’ retirement and Ryan Giggs finally slipping into a coaching role, Khedira would add a touch of class to the United midfield, able to play in a more defensive role or as an out and out central midfielder. His vision and range of passing could be crucial in adding a few more numbers onto the ‘goals scored’ tally and any new striker would surely relish latching onto the end of his passes.
Khedira made just 25 league appearances last term, scoring three goals. Carlo Ancelotti is still searching for fresh faces to add to his squad, which could thrust his starting spot into doubt and he feels that the time could be right to test himself in England and establish himself with the country’s biggest club.