Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho remains determined to stage a last minute hijack of Arsenal’s well-publicised move for Sami Khedira, and has even picked up the phone himself in an attempt to convince the German to choose Stamford Bridge over the Emirates Stadium.
The sensational claims are made by Spanish website ABC, who say that despite the fact that the general consensus centres around the fact that Arsenal have agreed a €29million deal to sign Khedira, Mourinho is hell-bent on spoiling the party. The source states that the Blues boss has contacted Roman Abramovich and made clear his desire to have the German international at Stamford Bridge.
However, regardless of what Abramovich may or may not do with that information it’s believed that Mourinho has tried to contact Khedira himself, and will look to use the relationship he has with the player from his time in charge of Real Madrid to his advantage.
Khedira’s Arsenal move
Only this morning it was reported that Arsenal had agreed to pay Madrid €29million for the services of Khedira; a fee that the Champions League holders were happy with receiving. Given that in the last few days it’s largely been speculated that the defensive midfielder was edging ever closer to a move to the Gunners it was assumed that this was it, an agreement had been reached.
Yet, whilst Wenger may have initially sat back, confident that Khedira would follow Alexis Sanchez in pledging the next few years of his illustrious career to north London, he will now no doubt be fretting that the 27-year-old could be stolen from within his grasp, much in the same way that Willian was from Tottenham last summer.
The Special One is a serial offender when it comes to luring players to his club when they’re on the verge of making moves to Premier League rivals, and a betting man would be inclined put money on the fact that the reports from ABC carry a strong degree of truth. The Portuguese coach is a known admirer of Khedira, and might well see him as the ideal candidate to complete his midfield which currently consists of Francesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic.
Whilst it’s probably Paul Pogba who remains the apple of his transfer-ready eye, the departure of Antonio Conte from his post at Juventus yesterday may have all but closed the door on that avenue, and Khedira could be a very timely alternative to the France youngster.