Fresh off winning the Champions League and World Cup, Sami Khedira has been rumored to be nearing the end of his tenure at Real Madrid. As the European champs make way for Khedira’s German teammate Toni Kroos, there has been much speculation throughout the summer as to where Khedira would land. Chelsea and Arsenal head the list of teams in pursuit of signing the German international, while it looks to be a long shot for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United.
Khedira, known for his play on both ends of the pitch, could be a very important asset to either Chelsea and Arsenal, as both teams look to dethrone Manchester City as Premier League champions. Aside from his versatility on the field, Khedira would also be in a position to fit comfortably in the locker room for both London clubs. Having played for Jose Mourinho at Madrid for three years, Khedira would be familiar with the tactics of the Portuguese manager. At Arsenal, Khedira would be reunited with three of his German counterparts — Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker.
Should the Gunners sign Khedira, they would be bringing in a desperately needed piece to their lineup. With Arsene Wenger wanting to push Aaron Ramsey higher to contribute more offensively, Khedira would be the perfect piece to play behind the Welshman. Both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini have shown signs of inconsistency that has Arsenal supporters screaming for a world-class midfielder like Khedira.
Should the Blues secure Khedira’s signature, they would be holding the strongest group of midfielders in the Premier League and arguably the world. Mourinho would have the depth he believes is needed not only for domestic success, but also for European competition as Chelsea looks to win its second Champions League title.
Regardless, whichever team acquires Sami Khedira will head into the 2014-15 Premier League season as favorites to win the title.
Asheer Mahbob is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @el_especial24.