Why Tottenham should take a look at signing Sami Khedira.
Tottenham have lost two key players to Real Madrid in recent years in Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.
While they received more than adequate financial compensation for the transfers of the duo, in footballing terms the loss of both have been felt, with replacements not up to scratch.
Tottenham have a strong side at present, but add the pair in and surely it would be a title challenging team.
Signing either would be difficult, but there is one Real Madrid player who Tottenham could get their hands on this summer, and the La Liga side won't be able to do a thing about it.
The way Daniel Levy can finally get one up on Real, and use the not-so-special relationship to their advantage is by entering the ring to sign Sami Khedira on a free transfer.
Khedira made clear this week he would not be re-signing with Real this summer, with his contract set to expire this June. He also said he is open to being convinced as to his next move.
He is quoted by The Mirror: "It’s not a decision against Real Madrid. I want to find new challenges for my career and continue to grow as a player.”
The same report cites Arsenal as being interested in the German international, giving Spurs even more incentive to try and steal a march and seek to close the gap between the two clubs, rather than allow the Gunners to kick on.
While Spurs have excellent midfield options in Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason, signings like Etienne Capoue and Paulinho have been disappointments, and it would not be a surprise to see either leave the club this summer.
Expecting the young duo to do it all, risks burnout, and too much pressure on their shoulders. Khedira has the experience to allow both players to flourish, and be an upgrade on their other options.
While the German has had his troubles with injuries, that does not mean he will continue to do so, and with options like Mason and Bentaleb, he would not be overplayed at Tottenham if he was not required to be.
If Khedira really wants a new challenge, joining Pochettino's progressive side should be offered as an option to him, while at the same time Spurs would send a message to Real that suddenly player switches between the two clubs are not a one way street.