Sami Khedira seems to be edging closer to the exit door at Real Madrid with each passing day, but where his future lies remains unclear.
The clock is ticking on the 27-year-old’s expiring contract at the Bernabeu, and come January the £28 million-valued midfielder will be free to sign a pre-contract with another club.
Arsenal have been closely linked with Khedira for some time now, the German long looking a perfect addition for a midfield that needs a player of his ilk.
Meanwhile, emerging reports have claimed that Chelsea are ready to insert themselves into the situation by securing Khedira’s services for next season when January rolls around.
The Rossoneri have also been mentioned as suitors for Khedira over the past few months, though the midfielder’s salary demands have always made a move unlikely.
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani only admitted last week that wages put a barrier between his side and Khedira in a confirmation of this idea.
Ancelotti’s help – reportedly imploring Khedira to drop his wage demands and negotiate with Milan – would therefore come as a welcome sign for the cash-strapped Rossoneri, a 'secret weapon' of sorts.
The problem is for Milan, would Khedira actually consider it?
The simple answer is that in all likelihood, no. There’s no shortage in demand for his services, and both Arsenal and Chelsea could certainly foot the bill for him.
Add in the fact that Arsenal and Chelsea regularly contest Champions League football whilst Milan have been in decline in recent times, and the picture becomes clear.
Even if the Rossoneri recover from last season’s seventh-place finish in Serie A this term, the dominance of Juventus and Roma mean securing Champions League football will be an incredibly difficult task.
Khedira is a player that is in the prime of his career and could challenge for a starting spot at almost any club, so taking a pay cut to join a club in flux looks a step backwards.
It would be a remarkable coup if Milan are able to get their hands on Khedira, but it still seems a step beyond the seven-time European champions even if Ancelotti has his ear.
Instead the battle for Khedira seems to be firmly in the hands of Arseneal and Chelsea – or whatever other wealthy clubs get involved – as Ancelotti’s influence most likely won’t be enough.