Manchester United eye Khedira on a free transfer

Sami Khedira's contract looks set to be terminated at Juventus and Manchester United are interested in signing him, according to The Sun.

Khedira, 33, joined on a free transfer in 2015 after leaving Real Madrid but made just 18 appearances for the Bianconeri last term after struggling with injury.

After the signings of Weston McKennie from Schalke and Arthur from Barcelona, the German is set to drop down the pecking order in Turin and the club could save a reported €6m in salary per season by letting him go.

United are keen to bolster their midfield and have been linked with a number of players, including Valencia's Uros Racic.

Other News 

- Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz has said he isn't burdened by the £62m (rising to £71m with add-ons) fee that the club paid Bayer Leverkusen to sign him.

"In football today it's normal to pay these prices," said the 21-year-old. "I will not put a lot of pressure on myself because I think I'm not doing the worst things in the past -- that's why the price tag was high ...

"It's a very big step to come from the Bundesliga to the Premier League. It's the best league in the world. I will need some time to adapt, but I'm looking forward to it."

-Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Liverpool are set to seal a deal worth an initial £20m for midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

"I can confirm that FC Bayern and Liverpool have reached a final agreement," he said on Thursday. "It was Thiago's big wish to try something new towards the end of his career."

Bayern coach Hansi Flick added: "I can only congratulate [Liverpool boss Jurgen] Klopp. He not only gets a top player, but also a great person. Today, we are all very sad and it was emotional." 

-Bale's Spurs return from Real finalised

Gareth Bale will return to Tottenham Hotspur after the north London club secured a season-long loan deal for the Real Madrid star worth £13 million, according to the Daily Mail.

As reported by ESPN on Tuesday, Tottenham moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to secure Bale's services for the 2020-21 Premier League campaign. The Mail's report now claims that Tottenham have agreed to cover half of the Welshman's whopping £500,000-a-week salary.

Bale's agent told the BBC that talks are "slowly progressing," but added that "Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid than at any time in the last seven years.

"We are still negotiating. We shall see how it goes."

It would seem Manchester United's pursuit of highly-rated Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has aided Spurs' efforts to return Bale to his former club. The report claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer never made a move for Bale because of his stance regarding Sancho.

Therefore, Jose Mourinho appears to have wasted little time in signing Bale after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reached an agreement with the La Liga giants.

-Man City to focus on La Liga duo over Koulibaly

Napoli's valuation of Manchester City target Kalidou Koulibaly has led Pep Guardiola to consider alternative players to fill his defensive void, says the Guardian.

Koulibaly has been on City's radar for some time and a €60m offer for the 29-year-old was rejected earlier this month. It has since been reported that Napoli will accept an offer in the region of €80m -- a fee considered too high by Guardiola.

Consequently, Sevilla FC's Diego Carlos and Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez have caught Guardiola's attention. The Guardian's report states that should Napoli fail to lower their demand for Koulibaly, then City will instead bid for either Carlos or Gimenez.

There is one snag though, both players come with hefty release clauses. Gimenez's is said to be £109.8m while Carlos' is reported as £68.7m.

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