Real Madrid holding midfielder, Sami Khedira has been linked to a possible move to Chelsea this summer [Metro]. The German international has grown unsettled at the Santiago Bernabéu, losing his spot in the starting XI under Carlo Ancelotti. Chelsea boss José Mourinho had actually signed Khedira from VfB Stuttgart to Real Madrid in 2010, and could be interesting in signing him again to Chelsea. Chelsea’s only reserve holding midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has yet to impress this season, and could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge soon. Mourinho will have to look to add a quality backup to Nemanja Matic, which Khedira would be.
Khedira though would be expensive for a backup holding midfielder, but he could be worth it if Mourinho runs out of options. Giannelli Imbula and Morgan Schneiderlin hold their arguments to be the first choice signing. Imbula is younger, and will substantially cheaper than either Schneiderlin or Khedira, with a fee around £15million. He also provides more of a physical presence, similar to the way Matic plays. Schneiderlin on the other hand is more of a technical player, and has the ability to create chances by sending passes up top for wingers and strikers to collect. Khedira is more like Schneiderlin, a more technical player.
Khedira would be a good signing, but Chelsea will face a strong competition for his signature. Arsenal, Liverpool and FC Schalke 04 are rumored to be interested. Schalke director Clemens Tonnies commented on the possible transfer…
“We are in talks and the signs suggest he’s keen on a move to Schalke. I would be happy if it works out. He’s a great player with a strong personality, but nothing has yet been signed.”
If Chelsea signs Khedira, he would be merely filling a hole, but it would not be an exciting signing or a bad one. Imbula would be my personal preference, due to his similarity to Matic; Mourinho would not have to adjust his game plan. Schneiderlin would be next choice just because he would be about £5-10million cheaper than Khedira, and already has experience in the Premier League.
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