Carlton Palmer, while speaking exclusively with Football FanCast, has fired Carlo Ancelotti a warning over the Italian’s potential idea to sign Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira for Everton.
The Toffees have reportedly been offered the chance to sign the German for free during the January transfer window as Juve look to offload the 2014 World Cup winner, having been deemed surplus to requirements at the Turin outfit by head coach Andrea Pirlo.
Khedira has not played a single minute of competitive action since November 2019 after requiring knee surgery and later sustaining a tear in his abductor muscle, and Juventus hope to offload his £184,000-per-week contract before it expires in the summer.
Khedira has confirmed talks have taken place with Ancelotti over a potential move to Goodison Park, but no formal offer has yet been tabled, despite speculation of an 18-month contract being in the works.
Palmer would seriously question Everton signing Khedira in the mid-season window and urged Ancelotti to be very, very careful over reuniting with the midfielder he won the 2014 Champions League with.
“Sami Khedira, another gamble, not played really in two years at Juventus. So why would you be bringing him to the Premier League if he’s not been playing regularly?” Palmer told Football FanCast.
“These guys are looking for a last pay day because the Premier League is big money. So, you’ve got to be very, very careful.”
Khedira, who will turn 34 this April, has played 145 matches for Juventus over the past five-and-a-half years but has been out of action this season after Pirlo took the decision to omit the German from his squad.
Injuries thwarted his last full campaign with the Serie A outfit, with the £2m-rated veteran ultimately starting just 13 games across all competitions following an injury-ravished 2018/19 term, which featured torn muscles, ankle issues, a heart condition and knee surgery for 17 appearances in total.
A move to the Premier League would see Khedira join the division often touted as Europe’s toughest for its relentless action, and one where the pace of the game is often used to explain the struggles of some signings.
Palmer clearly believes this could be the case for Khedira if Ancelotti does decide to offer his former player a contract at Everton, even if the Toffees will need the midfielder to take a drastic pay cut on his vastly lucrative Juve deal.
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