According to reports from The Express yesterday afternoon, Schalke have confirmed they’re currently negotiating a deal to bring Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira to the Veltins Arena this summer.
The 28 year-old is widely regarded as one of the top defensive midfielders in world football, affirming such status last summer as he lifted the Champions League and the 2014 World Cup in just a matter of months.
But he looks set to leave the European champions upon the expiration of his contract this summer, having made just 24 La Liga appearances over the last two seasons due to persistent injury problems and the lucrative arrivals of Asier Illarramendi, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and James Rodriguez.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United were all linked with the German international by a prior report from The Express. But earlier this week, Miners General Manager Horst Heldt publicly revealed the Bundesliga outfit’s interest in Khedira – as reported by This Is Futbol.
“I would prefer us to conduct our business in private,” he said. “But it is true that we want Khedira for the coming season. However, we are not the only club who wants him.”
And now Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnes has gone one step further. “We are in talks and the signs suggest he’s keen on a move to Schalke,” he said, as quoted by The Express.
“I would be happy if it works out. He’s a great player with a strong personality, but nothing has yet been signed,” he added.