United failed with Khedira bid as mystery surrounds Herrera move

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has admitted that he was the subject of a failed bid by Manchester United.

Speaking at a press conference for the German national team, the 26 year told reporters “The club turned down the offer and that was it.

“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.”

United were believed to have offered £33.9 million for the German International as they looked to bolster their midfield on the final day of the transfer window.

However Real rejected the move having earlier sanctioned the transfer of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal in a £42 million deal.

Ozil and Khedira formed a solid partnership at Real and the former Stuggart man was sad to see his former team-mate leave, adding “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.”

United moved for Khedira after missing out on the transfer of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao, with the move shrouded in mystery.

While David Moyes is a fan of the 24 year old and was keen to bring him in, agreeing to meet the player’s buy-out clause, a move failed to materialise despite the best attempts of three solicitors claiming to represent the club.

Reports have emerged which suggests that three people claiming to represent United turned up at the Spanish league’s headquarters to finalise the deal – however the club were not aware of these men and had been dealing directly with the club.

The three men, alleged to be solicitors, spent three hours trying to broker a deal with one of them even speaking with Sky Sports News’s Gary Cotterill, telling the reporter they had put themselves forward as working on behalf of United.

Eventually someone from the Spanish league contacted both the player’s agent and Manchester United with both confirming that they did not know the three mystery men.

In the end, even with the unwanted help United couldn’t finalise a deal and the player re-turned to training this morning as normal with his club captain Carlos Gurpegui revealing that the Herrera was in “calm” and “happy”.

United are likely to re-ignite their interest when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.