Reports from sunny Spain are indicating that Manchester United have mounted a late surge to beat Arsenal to Sami Khedira in January. The German looks set to leave Real Madrid for a bargain fee before his contract expires, and Louis van Gaal is keen to use the situation to sort a massive problem in his XI: a lack of presence in the engine room.
Khedira is a classy player. Anyone who’s watched European football over the course of the past few years knows this. His addition at Old Trafford would be a welcome one, and here’s FIVE reasons we at FFC Towers think he could be the ingredient to ensure they finish ahead of the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham to qualify for the Champions League…
The additions of Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria were real statements of intent from Manchester United over the summer, but snapping up Khedira would be yet another warning fired at the club’s top four rivals. Even without European football the Red Devils are attracting top-level talent, and the psychological impact of that on their rivals must be great, with the fear of what they could do if back at the top table present.
It would also be a timely boost for United’s supporters, who have stuck by the club through the difficult last 18 months with few grumblings of serious discontent.
Having won the World Cup and Champions League THIS YEAR, Khedira is certainly no stranger to the biggest stage. Parachuted in for the European clash at Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti’s gamble on the injury ravaged star – knee problems have blighted his 2014 – shows just how important the 27-year-old is deemed to be by the experienced Italian.
United appear to lack players with the intelligence to see games out and get the job done at the moment, and Khedira’s experience on when it matters could be vital.
Arsenal are widely being dubbed as major rivals for United in the running for Khedira… and as they’re also rivals in the hunt for fourth, allowing them to strengthen with a player of the German’s quality could tilt the scales a little further in their favour.
It may not be the most sensible of transfer policies, but getting in a top player to prevent a direct enemy from strengthening could be wise for United, who simply cannot afford to miss out on Champions League qualification again this season.
Top-heavy United lack the foundations to be a great team now. Think of a bodybuilder’s inverted pyramid shape, which it would appear a gust of wind could destabilise. Leicester and Swansea have both been that gust this season, and it’s hard to imagine such negative scorelines with a little more solidity in the middle.
Dropping Khedira in alongside Daley Blind and Di Maria would make for a more robust engine room, which could provide the platform for a genuine top four push.
With Khedira set to be available for around £10m, he could be the bargain of January. The World Cup winner has proven quality and addresses one of United’s key concerns, but all of the club’s New Year eggs cannot be out into one basket.
As Khedira is a bargain option, more funds would be available to sort out the issues at centre-back, which will not be cheap to rectify given that clubs across Europe know all too well about Louis van Gaal’s lack of quality at the back.