Arsenal and Chelsea are poised to miss out on the signing of Sami Khedira in January, as Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti will attempt to convince him to move to the Serie A ahead of the Premier League.
That’s according to Italian-based publication Corriere dello Sport, who say that Ancelotti is of the belief that Khedira would enjoy his football more if he moved to AC Milan, who have also been linked with a move for him.
Since the arrival of Toni Kroos, the former VfL Wolfsburg man’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu has looked sceptical, with Luka Modric already dominating the other midfield slot.
Xabi Alonso was allowed to leave for German giants Bayern Munich, and with Khedira possibly Madrid’s most lucrative, and feasibly sellable, asset, there’s not too much from stopping him departing too.
Recent reports have suggested that Ancelotti wants to keep him at the club, with the 27-year-old still ranking amongst the best defensive midfielders in the game.
A reputation carved on both the domestic and international front has put Khedira up there as a household name in European football, but the powers that be at Madrid don’t seem to view him as being indispensable.
A string of injuries, most notably the one which kept him out for the majority of last season’s ‘La Decima’ winning campaign, have plagued his development in the Spanish capital and, with contract talks with his club seemingly having hit a dead end, his many suitors are readying themselves to make winter transfer window bids.
The general consensus is that Arsenal and Chelsea are the two clubs who want him most in England, with Arsene Wenger still looking out for a natural ball-winner and Jose Mourinho being an admirer of his talents from his days in charge of Madrid.
However, struggling Serie A outfit AC Milan are also interested in securing a deal, and sources close the club are claiming Ancelotti, who managed Milan between 2001 and 2009, will help convince Khedira to move to the San Siro if he is indeed set to depart.
It remains unclear at the moment where the player himself sees his future, with both Chelsea and Arsenal likely to be able to offer him far more in terms of a weekly wage than their Italian counterparts.
All three clubs could present Khedira with a pre-contract proposal in January, which would see him make a Madrid exit in the summer when his current deal runs out, and it will likely be his decision which one he opts for.