It’s thought that during this season's winter transfer window frenzy Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will look to lure either one of Real Madrid duo, Sami Khedira or Xabi Alonso to Stamford Bridge
Speculation has intensified recently regarding Alonso, with the Spaniard's contract ending in the summer effectively opening the door for sides to win his services for a cheaper price than usual.
In Khedira's case, the German international has been highly involved in Los Blancos' fixtures, but has not won over the Spanish press and some sections of the fans. As stellar names such as Cristiano Ronaldo have found, the fans of Real Madrid faithful can be hard to win over with their natural favouritism towards Spanish players rather than foreigners.
In turn, Khedira, who was subject to a reported £34m bid from Manchester United in the summer, has openly discussed his frustration of life in the Spanish capital, and let on that he would open to a move that would see him reunited with Jose Mourinho.
Khedira and Alonso are both top European names with high pedigree and a reputation garnered whilst playing at the top; however it would seem unnecessary for the west Londoners to splash out on bringing them to the capital.
Chelsea are already in high supply of long-term talents in that area of the pitch, with the likes of Oriol Romeu - a player who arguably ran the game during his current loan spell at Valencia against Swansea- being calm and composed whenever receiving possession, but also showing he could develop into a typical ball-player like Alonso if he is given time.
Nathaniel Chalobah; who has been spoken of in glowing terms by Mourinho previously, Josh McEachran; who was subbed a "Young Cesc Fabregas" when he first burst onto the scene in 2010, and Marco van Ginkel; who is currently struggling with a long-term injury, are all other young options that the Special One has at his disposal as well.
Considering those youngsters - none of which are over 23-years-old - and the retention of all-action midfielder Ramires, it would seem even more bizarre if Chelsea were still keen to bring in further reinforcements during the window.
The current five defensive midfielders at the club right now list as Jon Obi Mikel, Ghana veteran, Michael Essien, club legend, Frank Lampard, the aforementioned Brazilian Ramires, and new signing Marco van Ginkel.
Naturally as these players move on or retire, it seems that quartet will evolve into Marco van Ginkel, Oriol Romeu, McEachran, and Chalobah, a line-up which would be desired by most teams playing the 4-2-3-1 formation.
So ultimately there's little need for Chelsea to invest in what they already in my opinion- but what do you think? Let us know in the comment box below...
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