Carlo Ancelotti can find Everton’s next Gareth Barry in Sami Khedira after Fabrizio Romano dropped a fresh update on the Toffees’ rumoured pursuit of the Juventus midfielder.
While speaking with Give Me Sport, Romano has claimed Khedira has been offered to Everton as a free agent as Juventus look to move on from the German.
Khedira has allegedly been offered an 18-month contract at Goodison Park after being deemed surplus to requirements in Turin, where the 2014 World Cup winner has not featured since November 2019 after sustaining a tear in his abductor muscle immediately after recovering from knee surgery.
Khedira has confirmed talks have taken place with Ancelotti over a potential mid-season move to Goodison Park, but Romano understands no official offer has yet been tabled for the £2m-rated midfielder.
“He has been offered to Everton just because he is like a free agent. Juventus are ready to sell him for free, so we can consider him as a free agent ready to leave the club. But at the moment, Everton have not moved to sign Khedira,” Romano told Give Me Sport.
“They are still in a quiet situation on the market. They are not going to make any bid in the next few days so we will see, but at the moment, Khedira is hoping because he has a special relationship with Ancelotti.
“He was with him at Real Madrid, so he always had the dream to play in the Premier League. He was amazing with Real Madrid, with Bayern Munich in German football and Italian football with Juventus. He wants to try the Premier League but at the moment, he has no bid from the Premier League.
“Sami is waiting, he’s hoping for the Premier League bids but Everton, at the moment, have not done anything. He has been offered, so it’s up to Ancelotti, basically.”
Everton moving to sign Khedira this month has been widely questioned, with Carton Palmer recently urging Ancelotti to trust the Toffees’ academy over bringing the German to Goodison Park while speaking exclusively with Football FanCast.
Ancelotti ignoring the critics and reuniting with Khedira could see the Italian hire Everton’s next Barry, and share in similar success to Roberto Martinez who initially signed the former England international on loan at 32-years-old back in 2013.
Barry later joined permanently and continued to thrive on Merseyside for years despite entering the twilight seasons of his career, with an incredible EFL Cup performance against Manchester City in January 2016 standing out to Martinez at the time.
“I have never seen a player with such an incredible professionalism as Gareth Barry,” said Martinez, via quotes by BBC Sport. “Gareth is one of those players who gets underrated.
“The reason we have so many developing young players is there are leaders in the mould of Gareth Barry. It is no coincidence when we have Gareth Barry around them. For me, he is one of the best English players ever.”
All in all, Barry spent four years at Goodison Park before joining West Bromwich Albion, where he continued to play for another three seasons before retiring last summer and bringing the curtain down on a career which featured 827 games across all competitions.
Khedira, who turns 34 in April, may not have as many years left in his legs, but could allow Ancelotti to enjoy the same success as Martinez in helping to nurture the up-and-coming players and bringing title-winning experience to Everton.
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