The links between Sami Khedira and AC Milan are relatively new, but they are gradually gathering pace.
Arsenal were strongly linked with a move for the Real Madrid midfielder in the summer transfer window, but eventually nothing concrete materialised.
The Premier League outfit are still said to be interested in the Germany international, but Milan have emerged as another potential destination for the 27-year-old.
Former Milan midfielder Demetrio Albertini has now had his say on the matter, claiming that recruiting the 2014 World Cup winner will be a great piece of business by the Italian giants.
‘Khedira would represent a serious and solid investment, capable of resolving most of the structural problems of a team that can and should still be considered a work in progress’, Goal.com quotes him as telling La Gazzetta dello Sport.
'He's a true champion. Despite still being young, he's experienced and thus able to take on the important responsibilities of every position in midfield’.
Khedira could have fetched Madrid as much as £24 million in the summer, but given that his contract runs out at the end of the season, his price will certainly be low in January.
Milan cannot afford to spend too much money, but they have a good relationship with Madrid. Vice-president Adriano Galliani has done business with the Spanish giants in the past, and he could be able to convince them to sell Khedira on the cheap.
Of course, Khedira will have a say on the matter. Joining Milan at this moment in time might be considered a step down – he will be leaving the reigning European champions for a team who are not in the Champions League and are undergoing a massive rebuilding project.
Madrid, too, may not be eager to sell. Coach Carlo Ancelotti knows the importance of Khedira despite playing him in just two La Liga matches so far this season, and cannot afford to lose a player in the middle of the season if they cannot sign a replacement.
Arsenal may not interested in Khedira anymore. Abou Diaby has returned to full fitness and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has spoken of his desire to play him in the defensive midfield role as the season progresses.
It seems that until and unless Khedira signs a new contract at Madrid – which he could well do – speculation on his future will continue.