Are Liverpool Set To Snap Up World Cup Winner?
In what would be an incredibly canny move, Liverpool appear set to snap up Real Madrid's World Cup-winning contract rebel Sami Khedira, according to German newspaper SportBild. Khedira is quite famously running down the time on his Madrid contract, and is almost certain to leave after the Spanish champions signed the mercurial Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva as his replacement in January. Liverpool - facing the imminent loss of their key talisman Steven Gerrard to LA Galaxy - are reportedly on the lookout for a world-class midfielder to replace their captain, and have recently been linked with Roma's talented Bosnian Miralem Pjanic; although these new reports suggest they may be more interested in Khedira's services.
Signing Khedira would be straightforward for Liverpool, with the combative German free to negotiate with foreign clubs ahead of signing a pre-contract, but they would not be short of competition. Bundesliga sides Bayern Munich and Schalke are said to be interested in signing Khedira, alongside long-term admirers Arsenal and Chelsea, and Khedira would likely command wages in excess of £160,000 a week to make the switch. That being said, if Khedira can overcome his injury issues, he could prove a very astute purchase for Liverpool, providing a solidity in midfield which would allow their vibrant attack to thrive and dominate.