Date: 22nd May 2013 at 5:00pm
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KhediraIt is getting a little crowded at the top of Jose Mourinho’s list of transfer targets for Chelsea, where he’s expected to succeed Rafael Benitez, but Sami Khedira will be the first signing of his second stint at the club according to reports.

The Real Madrid manager only recently negotiated his departure from the Santiago Bernabeu club and is now free to discuss his next move and he is already drawing up plans, according to Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard.

Khedira is allegedly one of the few players at Real that has a good relationship with the former Chelsea and Inter manager and was one of his first signings when he took over Los Blancos in 2010. Mourinho is keen to recruit a midfielder but the German international has two years remaining on his contract and could cost as much as £20 million, says Johnson.

How much?!

Don’t get me wrong as Khedira is a decent player and obviously has quality if he’s at one of the biggest clubs in world football but that’s far too much money for someone that I find so underwhelming.

His pass accuracy isn’t bad as he averages around 83% completion which is better than Frank Lampard (81.4%) but inferior to Ramires (84.6%) and John Obi Mikel (88.6%). I don’t think he’s as good as either Ramires or Mikel as a ball winner either as he averages less tackles per game and isn’t going to other any sort of attacking threat like Ramires can when he flies from box-to-box, so I don’t really see what he would offer.

I do think we need to bring in a midfielder this season as the central pairing need to provide much more protection to the back four that they did last season, especially the fullbacks who were often overloaded, and ideally we need to move the ball to the creative players quicker. But we should be looking at someone that is significantly better than what we already have, not Khedira. Still, it’s not nearly as bad an idea as Marouane ‘can’t pass water’ Fellaini.

Source: Evening Standard


6 responses to “Next manager hopes to make German midfielder his first signing”

  1. Marc CFC/BKK says:

    Great report. Respect Anthony, honest and accurate. KTBFFH

  2. yardley says:

    please roman dont let mourinioh waste money because he will spend money and will not acheive cups because look what he has done in real madrid its better to get bayren munich coach Jupp Heynckes .because bayern is selected pep and is going to munich and Jupp Heynckes will be availble so he is worthy look he has get bayern two times to finals and we need this kind of manager not wasting the money of the club roman abhramovic well konow whom to buy better than mourinioh so no need of mourinoh and please dont sell luiz and debruyne

  3. DanChels says:

    He has an obsession with Khedira and nobody quite knows why.

  4. wos da yank says:

    He’s going to ruin our club. Ill wait and see which transfers actually take place…but the news of him selling luiz and buying khedira are extremely unsettling. Under jose we are going to see all our effort to build youth wasted away. He will sign proven players at high cost and bench several of our best up and coming players. This is awful. I can only hope that roman and emanalo keep control of transfers.

    • Anthony Williams says:

      We need to be smarter in our signings.

      Two or three off being a title challenging (winning) side, but make the wrongs ones and we may face some problems somewhere down the line.