Chelsea make Sami Khedira enquiry as midfielder's wage demands put off Arsenal
EXCLUSIVE | By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Chelsea have made an enquiry for Sami Khedira as they press ahead with plans to reshape their midfield this summer.
Football Insider sources understand the Premier League leaders have been in contact with the representatives of the Germany World Cup winner to express their interest in signing him when his Real Madrid contract expires. He is also being closely monitored by Juventus.
Khedira will be a free agent in the summer and is almost certain to leave the Spanish club after failing to agree a new deal.
Chelsea want to make a significant midfield signing this summer and have compiled a shortlist of targets that include Khedira as well as Juventus kingpin Paul Pogba.
Juventus would want a £60million-plus fee for Pogba, who is also attracting strong interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG and his former club Manchester United.
By contrast, Khedira will be a free transfer although the German is seeking a basic salary of £200,000-a-week plus top-up bonuses from his next club.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants a top-quality central midfielder to provide competition for Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, who is likely to be used more frequently in the No10 role next season.
United are also monitoring Khedira although Arsenal are not expected to pursue their interest. The Gunners made enquiries for Khedira last summer, when they would have needed to pay a £20m transfer fee, and have again been in contact with the player’s representatives in recent weeks but a deal is unlikely unless he significantly reduces his wage expectations.