Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may be desperate to land a defensive midfielder in January, but Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira won’t be the man who eases his concerns.
That’s according to information in the Daily Mail which alludes to the fact that the German star is keen to instead make a switch to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. Both Premier League sides have been in the hunt for him since the summer months, and with his situation at Madrid said to be deteriorating rapidly, a move now looks more feasible than ever.
Yet whilst Wenger harbours strong intentions of making Khedira his de-facto midfield enforcer it would appear that Jose Mourinho has the upper hand. The Special One has worked with the 27-year-old before, during his time in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, and his famously close relationships with his ex-players could be an overriding factor.
On top of that there’s the fact that Mourinho needs perhaps just one or two more players to make his side truly world-class.The Blues have addressed the issues which prevented them from launching a proper assault on major silverware last term and the acquisition of someone who can play a combative role alongside Nemanja Matic would be the icing on top of a very sweet cake.
With that in mind Roman Abramovich is likely to consent to paying Khedira whatever he demands in wages, which is already reported to have been a stumbling block with regards to Arsenal’s summer pursuit of the player.
The Gunners aren’t going to roll over of course, but from the outside looking in it looks as though Wenger has already turned his attentions elsewhere, with Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin back on his transfer shortlist.