Beppe Marotta, the general manager of Juventus, has recently confirmed that his club are currently interested in signing Sami Khedira for the upcoming season. However, Schalke has put their own bid to sign the midfielder on hold. The 28-year-old man will be leaving Real Madrid this summer after five years at the Bernabeu.
Khedira is a target for BUndesliga side Schalke; but Serie A champions Juventus were reportedly close to securing a deal. On Tuesday (26/5) Marotta has made it clear that his club are making his way to get the Germany international. Juventus has been in Germany this week to talk to the World Cup winner’s representatives and he is set to have a medical in Turin later this week.
“Khedira is an interesting player, but not only for us,” said Marotta. “He represents an opportunity because he is out of contract. We are giving it some thoughts and we will evaluate it better in the coming days, the same goes for Neto, who has a good year.” Marotta stated that Juventus has a big plan to consolidate their position in Italy and Europe, and it means that they will need a squad that already is very strong.
While Schalke would not be making any advances in their own interest about signing Khedira until they appoint a replacement for Roberto Di Matteo who stepped down as head coach.
The midfielder joined Real from Stuttgart in 2010 and has won the league, the Spanish Cup and the Champions League during his time in Spain. He admitted that he had felt ‘frozen out’ at Real prior to his injury. “I did have a small injury, a pain in my right heel, but that wasn’t why I wasn’t playing,” he said. “I’ve always felt that I’ve had the coach’s backing but the message indirectly came through to me that I was no longer needed.”