With less than a month before the Serie A summer transfer window comes to a close, it’s pretty obvious that most of Juventus’ business will be the players who leave rather than another wave of big-money buys. The bulk of Juve’s transfer activity to date has been players arriving, not the other way around, with the likelihood of both at least some capital being generated — and salary money coming off the books — needing to take place.
One of the more prevalent names linked with an exit: Sami Khedira.
Khedira, who finds himself in even more of a crowded midfield than he did last season, has been linked with an exit the last couple of weeks, with the last 48 hours seeing a handful of names being thrown out there as possible destinations. There came a new one Thursday night, though, as Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Serie A rivals Fiorentina were joining the race to try and sign the 32-year-old Khedira.
Di Marzio also notes that Valencia and Arsenal are also interested in signing Khedira this summer, saying “the next few days will be decisive for his future.”
Khedira, who signed a contract extension with Juventus through 2021 back in September of last year, has also been linked with a move to Wolves in the Premier League as well as Fenerbache in Turkey over the course of the last couple of days.
Either way, there isn’t a whole lot being reported that Khedira is going to be saying, so maybe we can read the current writing on the wall when it comes to Sami’s future in Turin.
Khedira did not travel with the rest of his team on the tour of Asia this month, instead being amongst the handful of players who are back in Turin rehabbing from injuries. (Or, “to continue their recovery programs” as Juve’s website described it.)
With the arrival of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot this summer, playing time is going to be awfully competitive in the center of the park this season. Maurizio Sarri obviously wants a certain type of midfielder, and the way that Khedira has truly struggled to get into consistent form — you know, the good kind — it seems pretty easy to figure out where this might be heading. Of all the current midfielders on the roster, Khedira’s age and production the last two seasons isn’t exactly helping his case, let alone the fact that there are younger — and better options — on the roster anyway.
Whether it’s Fiorentina or somewhere else, it’s interesting to see that Khedira is attracting interest. It’s not like Fiorentina hasn’t seen what Khedira has done first-hand over the last two or three years, and his struggles are no secret at this point.