Almost a forgotten man at Real Madrid these days, Sami Khedira has signalled his intention to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the coming summer transfer window.
The German international will be a free agent at the end of the current campaign, as he nears the end of his current contract. A combination of injuries and slipping behind compatriot Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Isco in the midfield pecking order has seen Khedira struggle for game time this season and he is now looking for a fresh challenge.
As a vastly experienced top-level performer, the former Stuttgart man is attracting plenty of suitors and could represent a major coup for any side that manages to snap him up on a free transfer.
This is providing of course he can stay injury free. The dynamic German is notoriously unlucky with injuries and even missed out on last summer’s World Cup final after pulling up in the warm-up. As long as he passes a medical though, someone of Khedira’s quality would be a welcome addition to most elite squads in Europe.
A tidy passer and a midfielder who can contribute to both defence and attack, the Stuttgart-born man is also a danger in the air and from the edge of the penalty area.
At this point the Madrid man is keeping his options open but here are some possible destinations…
The only club to publicly confirm an interest so far and the last to actually beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Also, coincidentally, that fixture back on March 10 was Khedira’s last outing for Los Merengues.
Currently sitting sixth in the Bundesliga and attempting to hold off a late charge from Borussia Dortmund for their Europa League spot, Schalke would represent an opportunity for Khedira to return to his native Germany.
The Gelsenkirchen club are keen and there is no doubt Khedira would be the star here but he might still set his sights a bit higher.
Dortmund meanwhile are likely to be in transition next season but would offer another high profile return to the Bundesliga.
The Gunners have long since been linked with a move for the midfielder and Arsene Wenger is thought to be a fan.
Rumours have been rife ever since Arsenal broke the bank to land Mesut Ozil.
Ozil is a friend of Khedira’s as the two have had similar careers with their breakthrough into the German team leading to their subsequent transfers to Madrid. At Arsenal, Khedira would of course be able to enjoy Champions League football, while testing himself in the Premier League.
He would add some needed physical presence to the midfield at the Emirates Stadium while possibly breathing new life into Ozil at the same time.
Jose Mourinho must make but a few shrewd additions to push his domestic champions into the realm of European contenders.
Khedira, with both Champions League and World Cup winners’ medals already in his locker, is one such player who fits the profile. Mourinho also knows the German well from their time together in the Spanish capital.
He is also a player very much in keeping with Mourinho’s specifications; physically imposing, experienced and a proven winner.
Reports in Spain suggest Chelsea are interested but should the 28-year-old make the move to The Bridge he would face a difficult challenge to claim a first team place against the likes of Fabregas, Matic and Ramires.
Juventus are a club on the rise again as shown by their domestic dominance in Serie A this season and their progress in the Champions League.
They are however, going to find it difficult to keep hold of star midfielder Paul Pogba amid attention from Europe’s richest clubs. The Old Lady will be looking to make another European assault next term and should they lose Pogba will need a proven midfielder as a replacement.
The slower pace in Serie A might also suit Khedira as he looks to put injuries behind him.
Bianconeri chiefs will be in Madrid this week which provides the perfect opportunity to meet the player’s representatives.