After drawing Chelsea at home and losing to Liverpool at Anfield in a one week span, Manchester United manager went on a relentless spending spree on Transfer Deadline Day Monday, attempting to lure whatever big names he could add to his club. With midfield being one of his most desired positions on his shopping list, it was to no surprise when it was floated around that United attempted a last minute bid on Real Madrid defensive midfielder Sami Khedira.
Still given the nature of how transfer rumors are floated around there was no concrete evidence that United tried to sign the German international to a monster fee that would have mirrored the one his teammate for Germany received from Arsenal on Monday.
Sami Khedira has confirmed that Real Madrid turned down Manchester United’s €40 million offer for him before the transfer window closed.
“The club turned down the offer and that was it,” the 26-year-old told a press conference for the German national team in Munich on Tuesday. “We didn’t really have the chance to discuss it. I had a longer chat with Carlo Ancelotti a few weeks ago and it was relatively clear to me that I’d stay at Real.”
Khedira joined Madrid in 2010 along with Ozil, the two forming a partnership in the midfield that has translated to a reputation as world class footballers and success for Germany’s national team where they are both first choice selections whenever a big match is up for grabs for the Germans.
“Personally, I feel bad about Mesut’s transfer,” he said. “We are very, very good friends. “His departure is a loss also from a sporting perspective. Mesut can make the difference.”
Khedira will have to deal without his German partner in the midfield, but he will likely continue to be a key figure in a star studded Madrid midfield that has Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, and of course Cristiano Ronaldo. United surely could have used Khedira, but in Madrid he will be surrounded by much better talent, something that bodes well for one of Germany’s most consistent defensive midfielders.