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Reports: Sami Khedira close to finalizing Juventus exit

Sami here or on holiday?

Juventus Training Session Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images

Sami Khedira is training with his current Juventus teammates. We know it because that picture above is from a few hours ago, and it’s not like he’s pointing at some random bird that’s flying on the training field and about to build a nest in Adrien Rabiot’s luscious hair.

Hair be saved. You all can rest easy now.

Although if that were to happen within the next few weeks, Khedira might not be around to warn Rabiot that something was about to go down.

That’s because Sky Sport Italia’s Fabrizio Romano is reporting late Thursday that Juventus and Khedira are getting ever so close to a contract termination agreement that would see the 33-year-old Khedira midfielder become a free agent. Romano’s co-worker at Sky Italia, Gianluca Di Marzio, also reported Thursday night that Khedira’s contract termination could come as soon as Monday once Juventus complete the trip to Rome to face Roma over the weekend.

As it stands right now, Khedira’s contract, one that pays him €6 million a season net, runs until next summer.

The Corriere Torino reported Friday morning (via VecchiaSignora) that Juventus’ offer to Khedira in terms of a buyout was €2.5 million, a little less than half of his annual salary.

Just how much it ends up being is something that probably won’t be announced when the contract determination does come along. (And, let’s face it, it seems pretty inevitable at this point knowing how Andrea Pirlo has already said Khedira is not part of his pans for the 2020-21 season.) It wasn’t when Blaise Matuidi left by mutual consent. Same goes for the man who followed Matuidi to Miami, Florida, Gonzalo Higuain, who like Khedira had a big salary waiting for him if he were to stay on Juve’s payroll for the 2020-21 season.

But, at the very least, there looks to be a light at the end of this tunnel. That’s not necessarily how it looked a little over a month ago when both Khedira and Higuain were reportedly standing their ground when it came to compensation for ending their respective contracts a year early. Juventus were, with time, able to find an agreement with Higuain before he headed off to South Beach. And, while we don’t know where his next move will be like we did with Higuain, there seems to be a resolution coming with the Khedira camp.

Good, good, good.