At the weekend a story started in Spain claiming that Chelsea were seriously interested in bringing Real Madrid's Sami Khedira to the Premier League. It appeared to have come out of the blue and was at least something new in the never ending transfer circle of Suarez, Bale and Fabregas. Khedira being genuinely available would interest more than one English club and it's a story which could have some sense in it.
El Confidencial have followed it up since and it's worth nothing that the Spanish broadsheet were Real Madrid's mouthpiece throughout the Gonzalo Higuain issue, repeatedly saying that Arsenal hadn't made an official bid, rubbishing claims from Higuain's father about an imminent Premier League switch, and insisting that Real Madrid would get around €35m or more for the player. They ended up in the right.
The newspaper say that Chelsea would be prepared to double the midfielder's salary to something around €4.5m, which will probably be them quoting figures after tax. Doubling your money is always an attraction and Khedira could be right if he's having worries about his place in Spain. Alonso has insisted exit rumours about him are rubbish, the club signed Modric last year, Illarramendi this summer, and are circling around Kondogbia of Sevilla. They will have more central midfielders than they can reasonably give playing time to.
As everybody keeps repeating, it's a World Cup year and Khedira will want to have regular playing time, if Jose Mourinho makes a move for him again, after signing the player for Real Madrid, then it shows confidence. On the other hand, even though Khedira had some niggling issues last season, he'd still be disappointed with 19 La Liga starts, he won't want to be a bit part at Chelsea.
The midfielder has two years left on his current deal, he wouldn't be ridiculously expensive. If he's available then he would be a good addition for Chelsea, but it is easy to wonder why Manchester United aren't mentioned as a club chasing him. El Confidencial probably deserve the benefit of the doubt on this one, Chelsea could be moving for Khedira.
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