According to reports in the Spanish news papers Mundo Deportivo and Tutto Mercato, the Portuguese attempted to sign Khedira last summer, when he swapped Santiago Bernabeu for Stamford Bridge. Reports in Spanish media also says that Mourinho was close to signing the German in the summer, only for a knee injury to scupper the deal.
Khedira is currently ruled out with a long-term knee injury but if the Germany international makes a full recovery, Mourinho will again approach his former club with an offer for the midfielder.
Chelsea are in the driving seat when it comes to the future of Sami Khedira, according to the Spanish media reports. Khedira is also wanted by the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, but the German international’s relationship with Jose Mourinho gives Chelsea the advantage.
All three Premier League clubs arguably have a need for a man of Khedira’s talents, so it is understandable why he is becoming one of the most sought-after targets ahead of the summer transfer window.
With Mikel, Ramires and Matic, the Blues are well stocked on the defensive side of things, but with only an aging Frank Lampard and the emerging Marco van Ginkel as more attacking options, Mourinho is expected focus on bringing in a young, dynamic player, able to push forward in support of the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar. Chelsea have just shelled out over £21m for Nemanja Matic, with the Serbian giant making an immediate impact at the club with powerful displays against Manchester City and Newcastle.
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However, Blues are still in search for the true heir of Lampard and Essien and see acquisition of Sami Khedira a step in the right direction.
I past many weeks, there have been persistent calls to move David Luiz up into midfield permanently, but it is also claimed that Luiz alone would not be enough for a 60+ game season.
Khedira was a trusted lieutenant of Mourinho at Madrid, and the Chelsea manager has shown many times he likes to rely on players with whom he has previously worked. Ricardo Carvalho played for the Portuguese coach at both Chelsea and Madrid, while Samuel Eto’o has been reunited with Mourinho after their successful spell at Inter Milan.
It is claimed that Chelsea will need to spend £35-£40 million on Khedira, but given that they missed out on Wayne Rooney during the summer, money is available for a big transfer.
However, it is not certain Madrid will let Khedira go as current coach Carlo Ancelotti is said to value the 26-year-old, who opted to stay in Spain last summer, rather than join Mourinho.