The 27-year-old Germany international, fresh off the back of his World Cup triumph at the Maracana on Sunday night’s Final in Brazil, is linked with a move to London.
The defensive midfielder has been linked over the past week with a potential move to join Arsenal but recent reports have suggested Chelsea could look to ‘hijack’ the Gunners’ move for the Real Madrid star. Should he move to Stamford Bridge he would find himself in reunited with former manager Jose Mourinho and would have familiar company in his Germany colleague Andre Shurrle.
A move to the Emirates in a potential £23 million deal, according to reports, could see him link up with his Germany teammates Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil who is also his former teammate in the Spanish capital.
As a holding midfield player, Khedira would be a very typical Mourinho signing – the Portuguese coach adores a strong, powerful and combative presence in front of his backline but the Blues already have that exactly in January signing Nemanja Matic as well as John Obi Mikel.
Although the Gunners have Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, both are in the twilight years of their careers and, in the case of the former, not necessarily all that combative or even defensively focused. Arteta is a superb midfield talent but has spent the majority of his professional career as a central or wide attacking midfield player and Flamini is really perceived by Arsene Wenger as the Spaniard’s backup cover.
A player with Sami Khedira’s attributes would be more required at Arsenal and could have the potential to unleash the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Ozil to focus purely on playmaking and attacking higher up the pitch in the free role formerly occupied by new Chelsea signing and former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas.
At Stamford Bridge, Mourinho could arguably use Khedira as his ideal anchor between defence and midfield to give protection to his defence and allow the likes of Oscar, Fabregas Mario Pasalic, and Ramires to fly forward with more abandon. However, Matic has been at times superb in that very function this year and his presence in the squad could potentially mean both of their first team opportunities are reduced and that is without factoring in Mikel.
Overall, Khedira is exactly the kind of player Jose Mourinho would love and Arsene Wenger needs – the requirement is obvious at Arsenal and less so at Chelsea.
If Khedira wants to play week in week out, he may prefer to go to the Emirates where a fresh challenge awaits but if he prefers to be part of a very strong squad and play in a rotation system under a manager who knows him well, he would be better suited to join the Blues.