Manchester United Khedira deal scuppered by Arsenal's German strategy

Manchester United have Arsenal to thank for being Sami Khedira-less at the moment. It was revealed after the transfer window had shut that Manchester United made a bid for the player on transfer deadline day and it sounded a little unbelievable at first. A figure of €40m was mentioned and not taken too seriously by most until Khedira himself confirmed Real Madrid had turned down the offer for him. 

Real Madrid had wanted to keep him but for €40m would have been persuaded to sell to Manchester United, but according to El Economista the deal didn't go through because of Mesut Ozil. Arsenal and Real Madrid had been negotiating but it took time to get the stage where a deal was agreed and Ozil was also a last day signing. Arsene Wenger added the star to his growing German contingent and those other players, who Ozil knew from international duty, helped him settle in quickly.

El Economista say they've been told by a source at Real Madird 'If the case had been the opposite, ie that the first offer had been United's for Khedira and the second that of Arsenal for Ozil, Sami today would be at Old Trafford and Mesut at the Bernabeu.'

Ozil is already a hero at Arsenal but Khedira doesn't feel the same at Real Madrid. Whilst away on international duty with Germany this week, Khedira complained that he wasn't valued because he's not Spanish, among other things. That hasn't pleased Madrid and El Economista say it could have opened the exit door for the midfielder. 

Should Manchester United return then they'll hope Arsenal don't jump in with another bid for a Real Madrid player, Karim Benzema for example. Florentino Perez probably again won't want to sell two top players during one transfer window.

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