Italian giants AC Milan must beat Arsenal to the signature of Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira when the transfer window reopens in January.
The 27-year-old has fallen down the pecking order following a summer of change in the Spanish capital, with the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Asier Illarramendi all preferred to the former Stuttgart bulldozer by manager Carlo Ancelotti.
And, with his contract due to expire in nine month’s’ time, club president Florentino Perez may opt to sell the World Cup winner on in January to at least recoup some of the transfer fee paid to the German side back in the summer of 2010.
That such an integral part of Germany’s World Cup winning squad cannot force his way into Ancelotti’s side is a testament to the stunning options the Italian currently has at his disposal.
Khedira helped deliver the Champions League and Copa del Rey to the Bernabeu last term, starting the European final victory over fierce rivals and La Liga champions Atletico Madrid back in May in the match that finally saw their agonising wait for La Decima end.
Under both Ancelotti and former manager Jose Mourinho, he has been a pivotal part of the squad, with his slick but powerful midfield style one that would make him a key asset at either the Emirates Stadium or San Siro.
Germany coaxed the best from him during this summer’s showpiece in Brazil, with an injury robbing him of the opportunity to take his place in the 1-0 victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the final.
The arrival of Kroos from Bayern Munich has left his compatriot marginalised and facing a certain exit in the near future.
Madrid allowed Angel Di Maria to head for Manchester United despite the Argentine shining for Los Blancos last term, with the arrival of his replacement James Rodriguez from Monaco another indication of Perez’s eagerness to build beyond his tenure.
The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema now have both the 24-year-old and the similarly-gifted Luka Modric to supply the bullets for which they can fire. Khedira’s approach differs in terms of quality and creativity.
With him nearing the most important years of his career, Milan would be delighted if they capture the established international.
San Siro star?
Milan recruited Jeremy Menez, Alex, Fernando Torres and Diego Lopez in the summer, but after a positive start to the season their progress has stalled.
Fillipo Inzaghi is a raw manager determined to steer his former side back to the land of Europe’s big boys, and moving for one of the planet’s best defensive midfielders would be a bold move.
Pairing him alongside Nigel de Jong in the heart of their team could see the Rossoneri possess a platform upon which they could build.
Arsenal were interested last summer but his wage demands scuppered any chances of a move.
Khedira would be a perfect fit for Milan. January could see him swap Madrid for Serie A.