Sami Khedira will apparently be presented with the opportunity to join Chelsea in the new year, with fresh reports claiming that the Premier League leaders are ready to offer him a pre-contract during the January transfer window.
This information comes courtesy of the London Evening Standard, who write that Real Madrid enforcer Khedira - who is out of contract at the Santiago Bernabeu next summer and does not look likely to pen fresh terms between now and then - is currently valued at approximately £10 million but can begin to discuss terms with other clubs at the turn of the year.
Jose Mourinho is known to be a long-term admirer of Khedira and was in fact the manager responsible for bringing the World Cup winner to La Liga from Stuttgart back in 2010. The 27-year-old's allegiance to his former boss was made perfectly clear last year, when he referred to himself in an interview as a 'disciple' of the Portuguese.
Despite eventually helping Real to end their 10-year wait for the elusive 'La Decima' and also assisting Germany on their road to success in Brazil, the 2013/14 campaign was full of hardship for Khedira.
A severe knee injury sustained on international duty last November kept the player sidelined for several months and it is a problem that appears to be persisting with Khedira having undergone surgery on the joint in September whilst also suffering from a hamstring problem.
While those constant injury issues will provide initial cause for concern, if he can prove his fitness, then there is surely no doubt that Khedira - despite his lack of first-team action so far this season - would be an excellent addition to an already stellar Chelsea squad.
The question most onlookers will ask, however, is does Mourinho even need him at this current point in time? With the Blues currently sitting at the summit of the Premier League with a five-point advantage over champions Manchester City, the midfield has been one of their strongest areas in recent weeks.
In Nemanja Matic and summer signing Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea already boast arguably the strongest central pairing in the top-flight and Khedira would certainly have his work cut out just to secure a regular starting berth at Stamford Bridge.
A move for the German would also presumably have dire consequences for John Obi Mikel and possibly even Ramires, two players whose playing time would inevitably decrease as a result of such a transfer.
Arsenal would presumably be disappointed with any Chelsea move for Khedira, with the Gunners having also been extensively linked with him over the past few months.