Chelsea plotting blockbuster £36m swoop for Real Madrid star

Sami Khedira

Reports in Spain today suggest that Chelsea will complete a whopping £36m move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira this summer.

With a disappointing 0-0 draw against Norwich City on Sunday afternoon, Chelsea's title hopes look all but dead, even if Liverpool's collapse on Monday to Crystal Palace has given Jose Mourinho's side a glimmer of hope heading into Sunday's finale.

With a third place finish now likely for the Blues, Mourinho will have to enter the transfer market this summer in order to strengthen his squad and turn Chelsea into Premier League winners for next season, with a number of positions needing some attention at Stamford Bridge.

Left back and centre forward are almost certain to be the primary positions of focus for Mourinho, but finding a consistent partner for Nemanja Matic in holding midfield should also be of interest to Chelsea after poor displays from the likes of Ramires, John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard this season.

It seems Mourinho has taken notice of this, as speculation in Spain today suggests that 'The Special One' is targeting a swoop on his former club Real Madrid by lining up a stunning £36m deal for German international Khedira, who was a fixture of Mourinho's sides at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The former Stuttgart man, 27, has been sidelined for much of the season with a knee injury but has made his comeback ahead of the World Cup in Brazil this summer, but with Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric firmly entrenched as Carlo Ancelotti's starting duo in midfield, Khedira may find action hard to come by.

That's where Chelsea come in. Mourinho landed Khedira for just £10m back in 2010, but could now pay almost four times that amount to sign him again, and with his lungbusting approach, he looks to be a perfect fit alongside Matic in front of the Chelsea back four.

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