Real Madrid are reportedly happy to offer Sami Khedira to interested clubs at a strong discount, but Los Blancos should think long and hard about selling the German international for anything below transfer market.
The Daily Express' Ben Jefferson claims Real could be willing to sell Khedira for as little as £8 million rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of the 2014-15 season, with a host of clubs interested in his services.
The report goes against the message Carlo Ancelotti delivered regarding the player's future just days ago, as reported by Goal's Tom Maston (for Fox Sports).
When asked, Ancelotti said: "He's not leaving, he's a Real Madrid player. He has a contract until June 30, 2015 and that's all there is to say."
Khedira still holds value as a player for Real, and even if he plans on leaving the club at the end of the season, a healthy final year could be mutually beneficial. The World Cup hero can only lose money by spending the entire season sulking—a strong and healthy final season means a bigger deal when he hits the open market.
Likewise, Los Blancos have seen a number of new players join their midfield over the summer, and they could do with some continuity. Khedira is a proven contributor, and without him, the squad could be low on class holding midfielders in case of injury.
It makes little sense for Real to sell Khedira in a hurry, with the sole purpose of getting rid of a player who figures to be a distraction until the day the transfer window closes.
As shared by Inside La Liga's Tom Conn, the central midfielder didn't look happy at all while watching the Super Cup from the stands:
Should no transfer come to fruition, the first thing the player's advisers will do is make sure that changes. An unhappy Khedira is not a reason to sell the world-class midfielder for next to nothing.
If Los Blancos do decide on a sale, which seems likely, it's important to note that there is a market for the player. Arsenal and Chelsea's interest in him are well documented, per Jefferson, and Bayern suddenly have a real need at the position following the injury to Javi Martinez, via the Bundesliga's Twitter account:
Fiorentina appear to be the odd team out, but they could step forward with a tantalising offer following the potential sale of Juan Cuadrado. According to Gianluca Di Mario's David Amoyal, La Viola are already giving indications a sale is imminent:
If all these teams are truly anxious to add Khedira to their squad, it makes no sense to rush into an eventual sale. Real have the opportunity to turn the departure of a disgruntled player into an excellent business transaction.
The Daily Express' Jefferson suggests Arsenal and Chelsea were at one point willing to pay up to £30 million for his services, nearly double what it cost Real to bring the player to the Spanish capital, per Transfermarkt.co.uk.
With Bayern and Fiorentina also in the mix, Los Blancos should at least be able to move the German international for roughly his initial cost, and it would be a shock if they didn't turn his sale into a profit.
There are two weeks left until the end of the 2014 summer transfer window—now is not the time to start giving other teams discounts. One key injury or bad result could easily force a potential suitor into a big-money sale, and Los Blancos would be wise to take the patient approach to this transfer.