Bundesliga side Hertha BSC are reportedly on the verge of signing of Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira. The 33-year-old is set to join club on a free transfer. The former German international, who has not made a single appearance for Juventus this season, is believed to have been offered a 2-year contract.
Hertha CEO Carsten Schmidt, while speaking to Sky Sunday said that Khedira is “an awesome leader with a lot of experience”, but admitted that the midfielder “has had no match practice for a while”.
After failing to win their last five games, Hertha BSC are just 2 points clear of the relegation zone and they lost 3-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday in their most recent game. However, Khedira’s arrival might catalyze a change in fortune.
The 34-year-old helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup and lifted the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2013/14. He has won five Italian league titles and has made 145 appearances for Juventus since his transfer from Real Madrid in 2015.
Khedira returns to the Bundesliga for the first time since 2010, after he left Stuttgart having come through their academy. In February 2019, the 34-year-old underwent successful heart surgery to treat an irregular heartbeat and he didn’t get back into the Juventus midfield since then.
Khedira was strongly linked with Everton for a month, which would have seen him reunite with his ex-manager Carlo Ancelotti. The pair worked together at Real Madrid, and Khedira recently spoke about his desire to play in England and his respect for Ancelotti.
Hertha hopes to finish the season without getting relegated, and bringing in an experienced player like Khedira could be a massive boost.