Sami Khedira has suggested he is unfairly treated at Real Madrid, opening the door for Chelsea and Manchester United to launch a potential move in the January transfer window.
As told to Kicker and reported by Nick Lustig of the Daily Star, Khedira believes his nationality, insignificant transfer value and allegiance with Jose Mourinho make him an easy target:
I'm not a Spanish player, I did not cost much money and I'm one of Mourinho's disciples.
I started the season on the bench or in the stands. Although if I play well, I am the scapegoat and will therefore not be properly assessed.
Such comments will tease the interest of Mourinho and David Moyes, both of whom were reported to be interested in securing the German midfielder’s services during the summer, according to John Cross of the Daily Mirror and Nik Simon of the Daily Mail respectively.
Khedira would become the second high-profile Madrid player to head toward the Premier League this season after Mesut Ozil, who secured a £42.4 million move to Arsenal at the transfer deadline.
Mourinho favoured the use of Khedira during his three-year spell at the Bernabeu and was reported to be eyeing up a transfer on Sept. 2, as the recent transfer window came to a close, per the Daily Mail:
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho signed former Stuttgart midfielder Khedira for Real Madrid and is thought to be interested in sealing a reunion with him before Monday’s deadline.
The Blues have one of the best squads in Europe but still lack a specialist defensive midfielder, a position in which Khedira is one of the world's best.
Manchester United face a similar situation and, despite the acquisition of Marouane Fellaini, must bolster their central midfield ranks in order to push for the Premier League title.
Although neither injury will keep these players away from the team for long, it underlines the lack of strength in depth for the side, who have lost three of their seven Premier League games this campaign.
Khedira revealed Manchester United’s late attempts to try to sign him for £34 million in September, per Simon's Daily Mail article:
The club turned down the offer and that was it.
We didn’t really have the chance to discuss it. I had a longer chat with Carlo Ancelotti a few weeks ago and it was relatively clear to me that I’d stay at Real.
The success of former teammate Ozil could act as a catalyst for Khedira’s arrival in England. A strong German contingent resides in the country, with the likes of Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Sascha Riether plying their trade in the top flight.
Mourinho’s interest could likely mean the end for John Obi Mikel, who has started just three games this season, per WhoScored.
At Manchester United, Khedira’s potential arrival would put the likes of Cleverley and Anderson further down the pecking order, an event that might be deemed necessary by many visitors to Old Trafford this season.