Real Madrid wantaway world cup winner Sami Khedira is simply not short of suitors right now as Italian giant AC Milan have joined the long queue of clubs who want the services of the German world cup star.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been linked to the former VFB Stuttgart man but it seems AC Milan have also joined the race and may likely get the 27-year-old with the help of their former coach and current Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.
According to reports, Los Merenguese manager has waded into the transfer speculation and has urged Khedira to join his former side AC Milan instead of the premier league rivals Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Carlo Ancelotti had a largely successful eight years as Milan manager between 2001-2009 winning the Seria A in 2004 the Uefa champions league in 2003 and 2007 and the FIFA club World Cup in 2007. He also coached Chelsea between 2009-2011 but it seems the Italian favours Khedira moves to the Italian side than the English clubs.
Khedira has been the subject of much transfer speculations. With his current contract at Real Madrid set to expire next summer and no plan of renewal, many has suggested the defensive midfielder could be up for a move in January if Madrid must not loose him on the free in the summer.
Arsenal were said to have agreed personal terms with the player pending a January move. Arsene Wenger need more cover in his defensive midfield department as the club only have Mattieu Flamini as the only true DM while Mikel Arteta is currently injured.
Chelsea have also been greatly linked to the the player in a deal that will see the midfielder link up with Jose Mourinho- the man who brought him to Real Madrid. A January deal that could see Khedira swap club with Petr Cech has also been muted as real Madrid are said to be interested in the former Chelsea no.1 save hand.
All that is set to change now as Los Blancos coach has waded into the speculations, and could help facilitate a move for the player to his old club AC Milan. This will however depend on a lot of factors.
Khedira’s current contract at Real Madrid sees him pocket a wage of £120,000 per week. While this figure will not be a problem to the the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, AC Milan will struggle to pay him that much as it is double what the highest paid player currently at the club Philippe Mexes earns per week. Moreso, AC Milan are under some financial stress now that paying that much for a player seem out of this world for them.
Again the player will not be willing to take a pay cut especially when he has many club who are willing to pay more jostling for his signature. Carlo Ancelotti however could work magic on the player by way of convincing him that Italy will be the best destination for him.
Bearing all factors in mind, it will be all down to the player to make his choice as to where he plies his trade come January. Khedira has really good clubs trailing him and he knows he is not short of suitors. He will definitely take his time with his agent to decide which of the club will offer him what he want with regards to game time, right wages and the best of environment. Infact, who he plays for after quitting Real Madrid will really be his choice to make.
Written by Kc Emmanuels