Potential £34m Chelsea midfield solution faces months on side-lines after horror knee injury

Manchester United and Arsenal have also been linked with Sami Khedira ... who suffered a nasty looking knee injury playing for Germany last night.

If Chelsea fans needed a startling demonstration of how Frank Lampard’s skills have unfortunately wittered away with the sands of time, then against Chile last night there was no better example than the way he was passed around like a traffic cone in the heart of England’s midfield.

It has nothing to do with talent, or effort, or ability - simply put, his age is beginning to catch up with him.

Against Newcastle and West Brom it became clear that while Jose Mourinho and his predecessors have almost obsessively improved the attacking midfield options at Stamford Bridge - the more defensive options have been completely neglected.

Long gone are the days that Claude Makelele put fires out around the pitch and formed a solid base for the attacking talent ahead of him to steal the headlines.

That is the type of player Chelsea need - and a world-class one to boot.

Somebody like Sami Khedira perhaps?

He has dropped out of the reckoning for Real Madrid recently, and has been lambasted in the Spanish press - one commentator even calling him 'a mule’.

Khedira is also said to be upset at Jose Mourinho’s sacking, as the pair got on well - while he is also a close friend of Mesut Ozil, who has also recently made a successful move to London.

And up until last night, the apparent £34 million price-tag on the player seemed like good money to pay - that was until he crumpled to the floor holding his knee in excruciating agony last night.

Injured in a collision with Andrea Pirlo it forced manager Jogi Low to admit that the situation ‘did not look good’ and for former Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng to state:

"The atmosphere in the dressing room was sad. Not because of the draw but because it seems that Sami has been injured severely."

Khedira, in his usually bullish way, refused a stretcher off the pitch - instead limping with the aid of the medical staff down the tunnel.

However he was then taken to hospital with suspected ligament damage - which could rule him out for months.

Manchester United have also been linked with his signature, as have Arsenal - but right now it looks as if he might be out of action come January, rather than making a move anywhere.

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