Sami Khedira contract issues leave door open to Premier League move

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Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are set to benefit from Sami Khedira’s uncertain situation at Real Madrid, as the player’s representatives are yet to talk to Real Madrid concerning a new deal.

According to the Daily Express, citing Spanish sources, the Germany international’s future remains shrouded in mystery, as his position behind Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in Carlo Ancelotti’s preferred midfield duo certainly fuels the rumours.

Khedira struggling at Real

The report in question claims that Khedira’s agents won’t sit down with Los Blancos until the end of the January transfer window, which might infer that his club are willing to listen to offers for him.

Speculation that he would leave the Santiago Bernabeu for the Premier League has been rife over the past 12 months, and with United, Chelsea and Arsenal all looking to do business this month it appears more feasible than ever.

Khedira, whose contract sees him earn £120,000-a-week, has dropped down the pecking order following the arrival of compatriot Kroos from Bayern Munich, and injuries haven’t helped him stake a claim for a first-team berth. All in all the defensive midfielder only has 81 minutes of La Liga game-time under his belt, with Real already having played 17 matches.

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The ideal signing

As such he might be an easy pick for the aforementioned Premier League trio, with Arsenal particularly set to benefit if he is available for transfer. Arsene Wenger is said to be considering moves for Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, but Khedira is far more experienced than both of them.

As for Chelsea and United the 27-year-old would make for a fine addition given his pedigree. Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has targeted Kevin Strootman for the January window, but Khedira could be an ideal alternative if AS Roma continue to affirm their stance that the Dutchman is not for sale. Jose Mourinho has worked with the player before, during his time at Real, and so is aware of the defensive qualities he brings to the table.

Bayern interest

It’s likely however that any would-be suitors will have to fend off competition from Bundesliga holders Bayern Munich, with the Bavarian outfit having honed in on Khedira as a target to solidify their midfield.

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