The future of Sami Khedira has long been the source of heated debate.
Real Madrid’s signings of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez over the summer seemingly left no room for the World Cup winner at the Bernabeu and it looked for a long time he was set to follow fellow superstar Angel Di Maria to the Premier League.
Unlike Di Maria, he was supposed to be heading to London, with Arsenal and Chelsea both strongly linked with the former Stuttgart man.
The Gunners, obviously, weren’t prepared to pay the hefty asking price for a midfielder who can’t play number ten, regardless of how desperately they need him.
Chelsea, on the other hand, considered the financial fair play implications before deciding to put the move on ice.
The passing of time has seen the picture shift, however, with the Blues now holding a spindly, headgear-sporting ace up their designer sleeves.
Want-away goalkeeper Petr Cech is the aforementioned trump card that has put this deal very much back on, with bwin.com going 4/1 that the Champions League holders house him before September 2nd 2015.
The universally-lauded Czech has fallen behind stopper sensation Thibaut Courtois in the Stamford Bridge pecking order and has said that, if the situation doesn’t change before January (which it almost certainly won’t) he will look to leave west London.
Los Blancos are in the market for a new keeper with part-of-the-furniture Iker Casillas not getting any younger.
Elasto-limbed Costa Rican Keylor Navas has been brought in as an understudy and may soon usurp the 33-year-old, but Carlo Ancelotti is believed to want some world-class competition for the ex-Levante man.
Cech who helped him win the Premier League title in 2009/10, is believed to be his number one target, with an initial loan deal pencilled in ahead of a permanent, close-season switch.
Chelsea are reluctant to part with their new number two, but may well agree to do business if Khedira is thrown into the bargain.
With Mark Schwarzer in the ranks they already have a ready-made bench-warming replacement so sanctioning such a deal would make sense if bolstering the midfield department is one of Jose Mourinho’s wishes.