Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Stuttgart's Sami Khedira, who exploded on to the world scene with a string of impressive performances for Germany during the World Cup.
Real Madrid have targeted the box to box midfielder as a secondary target after Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard. According to Marca, Real have already tabled a bid for €8 million.
The bid is well below Stuttgart's valuation of the player and Los Blancos will probably have to double their bid to prise the midfielder away. Stuttgart are said to be settling for a fee around €15m, still half of what Gerrard and Schweinsteiger would likely have cost Madrid.
Jose Mourinho is said to be happy for the move to go ahead, as he is looking to bolster his options through the centre and on the right of midfield. The move is thought to be the most accessible financially from Real's viewpoint.
Khedira is said to be aware of the interest in him, despite Stuttgart previously saying no bids have arrived. With Khedira's contract due to expire next year, Stuttgart may well want to cash in on the player before he is free to talk to clubs next year.
However, other top clubs are interested in the 23-year-old, with Mourinho's former employers Chelsea monitoring the situation.
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