According to the Daily Express, Jose Mourinho is still interested in bringing in Sami Khedira to Chelsea next summer.
The German international is currently sidelined with a long term knee injury and it is not likely that he will be part of his country’s National Team in Brazil’s World Cup.
Khedira was linked to Chelsea last Summer and he had allegedly claimed that he wanted to leave Real Madrid to join his “master” José Mourinho at the Blues.
The peak form of former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso at Real Madrid will certainly reduce the chances Sami Khedira has to secure a place in the team’s starting lineup anytime soon.
In his 4-2-3-1 tactical scheme, Carlo Ancelotti uses two men in front of the defence line, a deep lying playmaker, Luka Modric, and a ball winning midfielder, Xabi Alonso. Although Sami Khedira is able to assume both of these roles, it is not likely that the Italian manager will disrupt his successful midfield duo after twenty-five matches without suffering a defeat.
Chelsea were definitely in need of a new defensive midfielder, but the arrival of Serbian international Nemanja Matic from SL Benfica last month is already helping to mitigate that problem.
However, Matic won’t perform any miracles on his own and when Lampard is out, there seems to be something missing in the Blues’ midfield line.
In last Saturday’s match against Manchester City, José Mourinho opted for a 4-2-3-1 scheme instead of his classic 4-3-3 and the centre midfield duo, composed of Matic and Mikel, were not able to cope with City’s attacking avalanche.
Nigerian international Obi Mikel, who is indeed a quality player, seems to be the weakest link in Chelsea’s midfield line.
The arrival of a versatile player such as Sami Khedira at Stamford Bridge would certainly mean the end of the road for Obi Mikel and could also eventually represent a future replacement for Frank Lampard, who unfortunately, won’t play forever.
This being said, it is more than likely that José Mourinho will make a move for his former disciple during the next transfer window, although it is not completely certain that Real Madrid will be interested in selling one of their most valuable midfielders.