The Spanish press is currently reporting that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has decided to launch a bid for Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.
The 26-year-old is currently sidelined with an injury sustained while on international duty with Germany - a torn ACL that has the potential to keep him out all season.
Whether this will affect his valuation remains to be seen, but there's certainly motivation for an exit from the German.
Khedira has previously been quoted as expressing his dissatisfaction with the Spanish fans, telling reporters: "They don't value me, even when I play well. I'm not Spanish, I didn't cost a lot and I'm a disciple of Mourinho"
Madrid rejected a £34 million bid from David Moyes' Manchester United side over the previous summer transfer window, and Carlo Ancelotti may do the same to Mourinho. He'd been using Khedira frequently prior to the midfielder's injury, and seems to be confident in his future at the Bernebau.
However, with the January purchase of Nemanja Matic, do Chelsea really need another defensive midfielder? They currently have Matic, Ramires, Frank Lampard and Marco Van Ginkel rostered, and have begun to rotate David Luiz through that position as well.
It was impossible not to notice the effectiveness of Matic and Luiz in midfield during the match against Manchester City - one where Matic earned man of the match for his elimination of Yaya Youre.
Yet, Khedira would provide an extremely good option should Lampard not renew his contract at Stamford Bridge for another year. Chelsea are very open about their policy of only renewing players over 30 for one year deals, and Lampard may decide to seek a multi-year contract elsewhere.
However, Mourinho would be going back on his word to develop youth academy players. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, he said: "bringing a player through from the academy to the first team is very important."
So why buy then, when he could recall the promising Nathaniel Chalobah to the first team?
The England U21 international could provide additional cover at the position, while allowing Chelsea to give the still-unproven Marco van Ginkel, who has just recently returned to training following an ACL tear.
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