After it emerged that Sami Khedira had turned down a new deal at Real Madrid, clubs are now lining up to seal the German's signature before the summer transfer deadline. Is Pep Guardiola prepared to bid for the midfielder with his current options dwindling down ahead of the new season this week?
Both Sami Khedira and Angel Di Maria have rejected new deals offered by the Spanish giants and Di Maria has expressed his wish to leave this summer. Khedira on the other hand has not openly revealed he wants to depart from the Bernebeu as he still has one year left on his contract. Yet it's believed that the 27-year-old and the club would look at any proposed moves in this transfer window.
Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have been strongly linked with the World Cup winner all summer as the Frenchman is keen to bring in another defensive minded middle man to support Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.
For the Premier League side this would be another perfect acquisition to what has been an already successful spending spree for the Gunners however, perhaps there is one club that would be more ideal for Khedira.
With the new season kicking off on Friday August 22, Guardiola and his side will open their league defence against the ambitious Wolfsburg. Whilst the Wolves have bolstered their midfield this year with the additions of Kevin De Bruyne in January and Aaron Hunt two months ago, Bayern have lost one of their talismanic threats, Toni Kroos, who joined Real Madrid.
Away from transfers, Bayern have been pegged back with a couple of injuries. Both Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thiago Alcantara have been forced out with Schweinsteiger out with a knee injury and Thiago sidelined as he recovers from a similar problem.
This means it is probable that Bayern will line up with their only new midfielder, Sebastian Rode in the holding role, making his Bundesliga debut with Lahm likely to be by his side.
At the back, Guardiola has been set back to three centre back choices after Javi Martinez was stretchered off in their 2-0 Super Cup defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Holger Badstuber is likely to make his league return after an agonising 19 month lay off.
So, why Khedira:
For the German this is the perfect option as a return to the Budesliga would be an ideal move and the German champions offer a lot of opportunities in terms of silverware. His strong frame in the middle would offer Guardiola great protection for the hollow centre of defence and he is also another option to have to fill in that position himself.
After spending four years playing in the top flight as an assured choice for VfB Stuttgart and then going onto gain European experience with Madrid, Khedira is a perfect fit into a team filled with fellow Germany team mates and he could operate as a senior figure in the squad to nurture the young talents like Rode coming through to the starting 11.
The move is on the table but it is whether Guardiola would be prepared to buy in on a player he used to be agitated by in past El Classicos. Of course this could be a wasted purchase with the numbers he already has in the squad who each have the capabilities of filling different roles like Lahm for example.