Real Madrid star Sami Khedira looks primed for a move to the Premier League during the January transfer window, with his club ready to sell him before his contract expires next summer.
According to the Daily Mirror this morning the German international is preparing to try and force a move to England at the start of the New Year, which will be music to the ears of Jose Mourinho.
The Special One has a long-standing admiration for Khedira from his time in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, and over the past few months speculation has been rife that he wants him to form a world-class triumvirate in the middle of the park with Nemanja Matic and Francesc Fabregas.
Up until now it has been supposed that Khedira would sign a new contract with Madrid however, meaning that Mourinho would have to look elsewhere unless he wanted to pay big to buy him out of his contract.
Now though it’s beginning to appear as though Khedira could well leave Los Blancos, with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco having dominated the starting spots since the beginning of the season. The update on the 27-year-old’s availability will also be of interest to Arsene Wenger, who is himself in need of a player to act as a protective shield in front of his back four.
The likely outcome of their respective interests is a transfer fight that could come down to who Khedira wants to join, rather than who Madrid want to sell him to. Experienced at the highest level and proven when tasked with defending against some of the world's best attacking midfielders, he could prove to be a huge bargain if he indeed is allowed to leave on the cheap in the New Year.
Costa and Mourinho
Other news focusing on Chelsea centers around the growing theory that Mourinho and star striker Diego Costa are on course to collide over the latter’s stance on international duty.
Costa this week revealed that he was fine to play for his national side, which is in direct contrast to what Mourinho had said previously. It seems as though the Blues boss isn’t keen on Costa being risked by Vicente del Bosque, whilst the player himself is desperate to play.
Having performed poorly in his international career to date the striker will be vying to impress Spanish fans and prove that he's the man best suited to lead their line. Costa has already confirmed that he'll be fit to face Arsenal at the weekend, and so unless he picks up a fresh injury Mourinho can't have too much to complain about.