Chelsea have been relatively quiet regarding transfers in recent weeks, but a new target could emerge as one of the bigger impact moves of the summer.
According to John Cross of Mirror Football, the Premier League club is planning on going after Sami Khedira this summer:
Jose Mourinho has lined up a raid on Real Madrid for German midfielder Sami Khedira.
Mourinho wants a busy midfield general to add to his squad and Real Madrid want around £20m for the German who Chelsea are believed to be ready to pay around £4m-a-year.
The new Chelsea manager is familiar with what the midfielder can do after coaching him the last few seasons at Real Madrid. While a few players in the locker room started to turn on Jose Mourinho, Khedira is apparently not one of them.
Besides this previous connection, the 26-year-old player could be looking for a place where he can get more guaranteed playing time. Real recently signed Asier Illarramendi and believe he will have an immediate impact.
This allows Khedira to become available and he could potential fill a role that needs an upgrade on Chelsea.
Dave Kidd of Mirror Football previously reported that Chelsea was looking at defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo because he also has a lot of competition for playing time at Bayern Munich. The report stated:
Returning boss Jose Mourinho has prioritised the signing of a holding midfield player for the Stamford Bridge club.
He has doubts about John Obi Mikel’s ability to play in that role.
According to Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN, Gustavo is not interested in moving out of Bayern despite the crowded roster.
Still, it is obvious the need to fill the position is there. If Mourinho is willing to spend money for Gustavo, he should be just as ready to go after Khedira to replace the inconsistent Mikel.
The German national covers a lot of ground while playing and is as solid as they come when it comes to preventing opposing attacks. He also can help add another dimension to the offense with his aerial ability.
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Another factor is that he has plenty of experience playing with some of the best players in the world as part of Real Madrid and Germany. He could seamlessly enter Mourinho's system at Chelsea and do well alongside more elite players in England.
His experience and skill will help improve the Blues as they look to improve their standing in the Premier League while trying to once again win the Champions League crown.
Although £20 million is a decent amount to spend on anyone, it is worth it for a first team player who will make an impact this season and is still in his prime. The club should move quickly to place a bid and complete the deal.
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