ChelseaAi??are back in forAi??Real Madridai??i??s central midfielderAi??Sami Khedira, withAi??Jose MourinhoAi??said to be interested in taking his former charge toAi??Stamford BridgeAi??in the summer.

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 SamiAi??Khedira, according toAi??the Spanish media reports. KhediraAi??is also wanted by the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, but the German internationalai??i??s relationship with JoseAi??MourinhoAi??gives Chelsea the advantage.

All three Premier League clubs arguably have a need for a man of Khediraai??i??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 agingAi??Frank LampardAi??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 A?21m for Nemanja Matic, with the Serbian giant making an immediate impact at the club with powerful displays againstAi??Manchester CityAi??and Newcastle.

 

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 ofAi??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 SamuelAi??Etoai??i??o has been reunited withAi??Mourinho after their successful spell at Inter Milan.

It is claimed that Chelsea will need to spend A?35-A?40 million onAi??Khedira, but given that they missed out onAi??Wayne RooneyAi??during the summer, money is available for a big transfer.

However, it is not certain Madrid will let Khedira go as current coachAi??Carlo AncelottiAi??is said to value the 26-year-old, who opted to stay in Spain last summer, rather than join Mourinho.

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