Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has given his full backing to a bid for midfield maestro Sami Khedira, with the World Cup winner viewed as the "perfect" solution to a growing injury crisis at the Bundesliga superpower.
Khedira's name has never been far from the transfer gossip columns during the last month, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all weighing up the merits of a £25 million offer for a box-to-box midfielder proven at the highest level for club and country.
The 27-year-old is in the final year of his contract at Real Madrid and after flatly refusing to sign a new deal is now in genuine danger of being of being frozen out at the Bernabeu for 12 months, a situation Beckenbauer told Bild that Bayern should capitalise on to make a late summer signing.
"He’s extremely good in his number six position and he could play alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger or Philipp Lahm. That would be perfect."
Bavarian treatment table filling up fast
Bayern have been forced to consider drastic action in the transfer market thanks to a growing injury crisis at the Allianz Arena, with Javi Martinez out for six months and joined on the long-term injury list by Thiago Alcantara and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Pep Guardiola is now on the lookout for reinforcements that can match the high standards set by absent stars, with Khedira certainly fitting the bill in that respect.
Now or next summer?
If Khedira's current contract stand-off continues he would be available on a Bosman free next summer and allowed to discuss terms with interested clubs in January, with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho definitely interested in a reunion with his former midfield linchpin under those terms.
Bayern also liked the idea of picking up Khedira for nothing but must now surely be tempted to review that stance with a cut-price offer before the transfer window closes, particularly as the former Stuttgart standout would find plenty of familiar faces at Bayern and could acclimatise with minimum fuss.
Time is fast running out though and Bayern could also do with a central defender to make up for the missing Martinez, so Guardiola has a tough choice to make along with three leading Premier League lights over the next fortnight, one which could define their season.