'If They Pay That Much...Criminal' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to Everton signing link
Sami Khedira is a World Cup and Champions League winner with over 500 career appearances to his name, but Everton wouldn’t be the right fit for him.
That is according to ex-England striker Darren Bent, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams as reports continue to link the German international with a Goodison Park move.
Khedira, now 33 years old, hasn’t featured at all for Juventus this season and was left out of the Turin side’s 23-man Champions League squad.
Bent believes the former Real Madrid and Stuttgart midfielder could be a decent backup option, but only if Everton can persuade him to take a dramatic wage cut on his £5.5million salary.
He told Football Insider: “If they go and pay that much money for him then that’s criminal, that’s way too much for someone whose best years are behind him. I don’t think that would be a very good decision at all.
“If you’re bringing him in for strength in depth then I’m all for it. But if you’re bringing him in to start games then no.
“When I heard this one, I was a little bit surprised because he has been a great player with Real Madrid and Juventus, but he’s getting on in age now.
“If you’re talking about a winning mentality and winning experience, then of course Khedira would be up there with the best because he’s won everything and played at the very highest level.
“But where they are at the moment, I don’t think they need him. They’ve got Allan, they’ve got Gomes, they’ve got Doucore.”
If Khedira does end up at Everton, it will mean he is reunited with his former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Together, the two won the Champions League in 2013-14.