Reports in Spain claim Sami Khedira, the German international, will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer at the end of the current season.
The former Stuttgart midfielder has spent the past four-and-a-half seasons at Real Madrid, after Jose Mourinho lured him in the summer of 2010. During his time in Spain he has helped the Bernabeu giants win a league title, two Copa del Rey’s and, last term, the UEFA Champions League when he played just under an hour of their final victory over city rivals Atletico.
However, Khedira has struggled with a number of injuries in recent times, which amount to 76 matches missed according to the transfermarkt.com website. Last season, for example, he was absent for the bulk of the campaign with a cruciate ligament rupture, and he suffered the heartache of missing the World Cup final when he was forced to withdraw with calf problem.
This term the 27-year-old has featured in just four substitute appearances in La Liga, and he also came off the bench in Real’s 3-0 win at Liverpool in the Champions League. And with his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign, it has been suggested that he has rejected at least one offer to extend his stay in the Spanish capital in favour of a fresh challenge elsewhere.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea, the latter of whom are coached by Mourinho, would love to add Khedira to their squads. The Gunners, for instance, are crying out for a midfielder of his type, and whilst the Blues are well stocked in this area, they would surely find the temptation to take one of the best midfield players in European football on a free transfer too hard to resist.
Yet according to reports in Spain, neither of the London based sides will sign the player. Cadena SER instead believe Khedira has agreed to return to his homeland and link up with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, and has already signed a pre-contract deal to this effect. This will be a huge boost for the Bundesliga champions, who are thought to have been interested in signing the player during his time at the Mercedes Benz Arena before he instead decided to join Real.
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