Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira set to join Juventus on free transfer

Sami Khedira is set to sign for Juventus this week, disappointing several other clubs who had hoped to sign the Real Madrid midfielder on a free transfer this summer.

Juventus have been in Germany this week to talk to the World Cup winner’s representatives and the 28-year-old is set to have a medical in Turin later this week.

The Juventus general manager, Beppe Marotta, said on Tuesday that Khedira, whose contract runs out in the summer, has “an interesting profile”. He added: “Khedira is an opportunity in this market because his contract is running out. We have thought about it and are still reflecting on it as we have to take in many factors.”

Marotta added that the club will do everything they can to keep hold of Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal, with the former being linked with a move to Manchester City and Paris St-Germain and the latter with a transfer to Arsenal.
“We want to consolidate our position in Italy and in Europe. To do that we need to reinforce the squad; a squad that already is very strong. And that means that we want to keep the core of this group and our most important players.”
Khedira joined Real from Stuttgart in 2010 and has won the league, the Spanish Cup and the Champions League during his time in Spain, but has suffered from injuries this season and barely featured for the first team.

The midfielder said last weekend that he had felt “frozen out” at Real since the turn of the year. “I did have a small injury, a pain in my right heel, but that wasn’t why I wasn’t playing,” he said. “It wasn’t a complicated injury. I was able to play.
“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, I was frozen out and wouldn’t have a chance to continue playing. It’s not the end that I wanted. It hurts that I’m accused of a lack of professionalism because I’ve always put the team ahead of myself. I’ve always gone with the truth.”
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