Vasco da Gama have failed to lure Sami Khedira to Brazil, with the reported Everton and Tottenham Hotspur target keen to continue plying his trade in Europe, sporting director Fabio Cordella told Calciomercato.
At the age of 33, a man who tasted success in Serie A, the Bundesliga, La Liga, the Champions League and the 2014 World Cup would be forgiven for winding down his storied career on the sunny shores of Rio de Janeiro.
But Khedira, who will turn 34 in April, obviously feels he has a lot left to give at the top level of European football.
Speaking to ZDF, the Germany international made it clear that he dreams of playing Premier League football before he hangs up his boots.
Everton and Tottenham are both interested, according to Football Italia, with Khedira very open about the fact he is still in contact with two former Real Madrid bosses – Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho.
For Vasco da Gama, however, their search for a marquee signing goes on.
Cordella claims that Mario Balotelli was ‘very close’ to joining before opting instead to reunite with former AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi at ambitious Serie B outfit Monza.
Khedira’s former Juve teammate Mario Mandzukic also rejected Vasco’s advances.
“I tried for Mandzukic. I won’t hide it, but he wants to play in Europe. Same goes for Khedira,” Cordella explained.
Khedira has not played a single second of football under Andrea Pirlo this season and will leave the Serie A champions when his £100,000-a-week contract expires next summer – or even before, should the right offer arrive.