Chelsea will offer Sami Khedira a pre-contract in January in order to beat Arsenal to the German international’s signature, according to the Evening Standard.
Khedira is out of contract at Real Madrid in the summer and is likely to leave, although Bayern Munich could still scupper the Blues plans. Arsenal have also been linked with the midfielder, but it seems as though it's Chelsea who are in pole position.
Previously, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has been confident of tying Khedira down to a new long-term contract, however they appear to be targeting a deal for Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva, which would free up space for the former Stuttgart ace to leave.
Bayern Munich have denied reports that they already have an agreement in place with Khedira.
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The paper adds that Cesc Fabregas is working hard to convince Messi to join Chelsea after the Argentinian fell out with Barcelona bosses over his pay packet.
Messi sent the rumour mill into overdrive when he suggested earlier this month that there was a chance that he could leave the Nou Camp before he retires, despite the fact he is currently shattering goal records at home and in Europe with the Catalan club. According to the Express another factor in the deal is that Messi would like for his son to get an education in England.
Mourinho: We won't get complacent
Jose Mourinho says his side are feeling confident after their big win in mid-week over Schalke, but insists that he isn’t getting carried away over their form. The Blues can make it 20 games unbeaten with a win over Sunderland tomorrow.
They are currently six points clear at the top of the table and could further extend that run when they take on the Black Cats, but Mourinho is on his guard in case of any lapses in concentration.
"Complacency is not a risk we have," Mourinho said. "It's not a profile of this group in this moment. We have all the other risks. The risks that belong to football - the risk of a bad period, injuries, unlucky matches, other teams growing up and becoming stronger...
"We were winning 5-0 against Schalke and (in) minute 88 Eden Hazard made a sprint to defend. There was a clear evolution and I don't think the group as a group can be complacent."
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