Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal is understood to have made a holding midfielder his top priority for the New Year after missing out on Arturo Vidal over the summer.
Despite chasing the Chilean for a few months, United were unable to lure him to Old Trafford, and have subsequently been linked with a fresh move or a raid Roma for Kevin Strootman.
But reports suggest that Khedira is now the main target for Van Gaal, who has been alerted by the German’s contractual situation.
The 27-year-old is set to be a free agent at the end of the season, and with Real Madrid desperate to get some cash in for their man – who is unwilling to sign a new deal – a cut-price January move is being talked up.
Arsenal were linked with the World Cup winner during the last transfer window, but his rumoured £150,000 – £200,000-per-week wage demands put the Gunners off.
Chelsea and Liverpool are also in the running, butt United’s desire to return to the Champions League may allow them to blow their rivals out of the water.
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