Juventus Outcast Sami Khedira Finally Nearing an Exit

Juventus are working to part ways with Sami Khedira in January and the latest developments have been positive in that regard, Tuttosport reported today. Goal.com also informed last week that the two sides were nearing an agreement to facilitate his departure after the 33-year-old midfielder refused to consider it during the summer. The player himself recently stated that he intends to leave in an interview with Bild.

Khedira last featured with the Bianconeri in the Coppa Italia semi-final on June 12th, returning after six months on the shelf because of a knee problem. After that game, he was sidelined by a thigh injury, then the club decided to freeze him out from the squad lists in September.

The Turin-based newspaper cites Everton, where he has an admirer in Carlo Ancelotti, and his former team Stuttgart, as possible destinations, but also exotic leagues and a move to a MLS side are on the table. Juventus would be content with just removing his contract from the books without a severance pay.

Our view

Similarly to Mario Mandzukic last year, the writing is on the wall for Khedira as the Old Lady would be more than happy to shed his €6M salary from the balance sheet, something that should have happened over the summer since it was clear he was not part of the plans. However, the management mishandled another departure and the problem dragged. Given his age and injury history, it is unclear how much he has left in the tank at this point.