Schalke 04 president Clemens Tönnies has made it clear that he intends to sign Sami Khedira when his contract expires with Real Madrid this summer.
In an interview with Bild, Tönnies admitted that the German Bundesliga side have begun talks with Khedira's representatives and states that there is a strong interest by both parties.
"Yes, we've begun the initial talks. We're convinced that a full-strength Khedira would go a long way in helping us out in the future," the Schalke chief says.
"If a World Cup champion like Khedira is allowed to become a free agent in June, you have to try and reach an agreement with him, without a shadow of a doubt. However, as you could imagine, a lot of clubs are interested in him."
Khedira has been one of the most sought-after prospect since entering the final year of his contract with Real Madrid, with Arsenal and Chelsea first expressing interest, Manchester United and Bayern Munich following shorty after and Borussia Dortmund and Schalke becoming the front-runners in recent weeks, according to sources including the Mirror.
When asked about a possible move to Schalke and Germany following their Champions League loss to Roberto Di Matteo's side this past Tuesday, Khedira admitted that he's leaving the door open to all comers and would make his decision this summer, as quoted by the Daily Star.
This marks a change in attitude from when he was asked a similar question at the beginning of the season, when he was still recovering from injury, and stated that he'd be open to renewing his contract with Real Madrid.
However, Real Madrid made the decision for him by signing Cruziero midfielder Lucas Silva this past January, effectively putting an end to Khedira's future at the Santiago Bernabeu.