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Chelsea target signs with Juventus, opening the door for ex-Manchester United star's exit

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For much of the past 18 months, Chelsea have been linked to Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, who was a favorite of Jose Mourinho's during his time in Spain. On Tuesday, those links should come to an end, as Juventus officially announced that Khedira had agreed to a four-year deal with the Serie A champions.

If he can stay healthy, the German international would have been an excellent depth signing for the Blues. Those health issues were the main reason I'd have been hesitant to give him a long-term contract, however, even with the increased funds available due to new sponsorship and television monies. Khedira's signing makes a ton of sense for the Italian side, though, who are probably losing both Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo this summer*.

*Unless Pogba signs with Barcelona, in which case he'd remain in Italy until the transfer ban lifts.

With Khedira now official and the season wrapped up, I'd expect an onslaught of quotes for Mino Raiola about the impending departure of his client. Fun times...

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