Khedira wanted back in Germany as midfielder nears Bernabeu exit.
Unsettled Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira will have plenty of suitors if he leaves the Bernabeu this January, with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen all joining the chase with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United for his signature.
The 26-year-old is highly regarded in the game as one of Europe’s finest defensive midfielders, though his future in La Liga looks bleak after his relationship with the club’s manager Carlo Ancelotti appears to have broken down.
Khedira also feels he is treated harshly by the Spanish press, and could welcome a return to the Bundesliga, where he first made a name for himself with his old club Stuttgart.
It is thought that the German international came close to an exit during the summer, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and PSG all keen to sign him, though a move never materialised before the passing of the transfer deadline.
However, he will almost certainly be made available again this January, and for a while it seemed that a move to Stamford Bridge to reunite with his old manager Jose Mourinho would be his most likely destination, though he will have more options now with the interest of three of the Bundesliga’s biggest clubs.
Bayern, who won the treble last season, are tempted to bring in an extra defensive midfielder following the sale of Luiz Gustavo in the summer, though manager Pep Guardiola has also experimented with Philipp Lahm in a midfield role at times this season.
Dortmund, on the other hand, are keen to recruit Khedira as a possible replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, who continues to be linked with moves away from the club, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona all interested in signing him this January.
Leverkusen are also facing the possible exit of a key player in that position, with Lars Bender another player being eyed up by both Arsenal and Manchester United, and though Khedira would likely favour a move to either Bayern or Dortmund, Leverkusen manager Sami Hyypia is ready to do his best to persuade the midfielder to choose his ever-improving team.
Khedira would likely cost around £20m, and could be one of the best players available this January if he fails to win over both the staff and the fans at Real Madrid.
The Los Blancos star is a vastly experienced player, with a track record of winning silverware, having won the Bundesliga with Stuttgart in 2007, as well as La Liga with Real Madrid in 2012. He also has 41 caps for Germany.