Mourinho looks to link up with Khedira again
Returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is hoping to reunite with Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is the Spanish club will accept an offer of around £20million for the German international.
Mourinho and Khedira are said to have enjoyed a good relationship while at the Bernabeu and the 26 year old is open to the idea of leaving for the Premier League as the Spanish club’s summer transfer activity has created concerns over his place in the starting eleven.
The arrival of midfielders Asier Illarramendi and Isco from Real Sociedad and Malaga respectively in deals worth over £50million combined mean he is unlikely to enjoy as prominent a role at Los Blancos as in his previous three seasons.
Mourinho sees the Chelsea midfield as worthy of investment this summer and though he enjoyed a fractious relationship with his players and club officials during his Madrid tenure he believes that a deal can be struck for Khedira as the Spanish club need to offload players to offset signings this transfer window.
Chelsea are also monitoring the situation around Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi but progress has been slow due to the Serie A side’s uncertainty about what best to do with the Italian international who has fallen out of favour with fans but signed a five year deal only last summer.
Mourinho sees the midfielder as a potential successor to Frank Lampard of Micheal Essien at Stamford Bridge and with John Obi Mikel set for the exit wants to bring him in this summer.
With the player facing the prospect of a squad role at club level during the year of the 2014 World Cup Khedira may see a move to Chelsea as a good opportunity to guarantee a first team place.
Ligue 1 side AS Monaco are also interested in signing the holding midfielder but Khedira could prefer to join up with Mourinho who first took him to the Bernabeu from Stuttgart three years ago.
Mourinho has plans to strengthen the Chelsea midfield but so far has been concentrating on bringing Manchestre United’s Wayne Rooney to the Bridge.
Club owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be consulting with his manager about the prospect of making a second bid for the striker in the next week or so as the situation develops at the Premier League champions