“Is this the way to Madrid?”
Stuttgart say their German international midfielder Sami Khedira is poised to join Real Madrid.
A statement from the German team said the clubs had agreed a transfer and his move would go ahead once the 23-year-old had undergone a medical.
Stuttgart managing director Fredi Bobic said they were reluctant to let him go “but we can understand Sami’s wish to further his career at Real.
“We wish him great success with his new challenge in Madrid.”
When the deal goes through, Khedira will become new Real boss Jose Mourinho’s second major signing, following the arrival of winger Angel di Maria from Benfica.
Two club stalwarts, Raul and Guti, have left Madrid this week as they begin rebuilding the team for the Mourinho era.
Khedira, who also had been linked with a move to Chelsea, has won 12 caps, having only made his debut for Germany less than a year ago.
But he was thrust into the spotlight at the World Cup because of the injury which ruled captain Michael Ballack out of the tournament.
He teamed up well with Bastian Schweinsteiger as a young Germany side finished in a surprise place, and he rounded off a impressive tournament display with his first goal for his country in the third place play-off win over Uruguay. (BBC Sport)
It seems increasingly like La Liga is the place to be. Real Madrid and Barcelona are picking up stars with alarming regularity whilst in the Premier League it’s just Manchester City who are really splashing the cash.
Sami Khedira looked awesome at the World Cup and will surely be a big hit at the Bernabeu the only real question is a) where will he fit in the team and b) who is set to be consigned to that ever increasing roll of honour on the bench?
The fee is believed to be in the region of £13m which is something of a bargain but was a price dictated by the fact that the 23 year old’s contract at Stuttgart was due to expire next summer.