With technical director Michael Reschke flying all over Europe in search of a replacement for Javi Martínez, new names have bubbled to the surface. Atlético Madrid's Diego Godín and Real Madrid's Sami Khedira are the latest reported transfer targets for Bayern Munich.
ESPN FC is reporting that Khedira, World Champion holding midfielder for Real Madrid, is considering a transfer back to Germany, and Bayern Munich could be the beneficiaries.
Sami Khedira is eager to join Bayern Munich as Real Madrid attempt to offload the Germany midfielder this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.
It is thought that the priority is to add a centre-back -- with Roma's Medhi Benatia and Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin emerging as the favourites -- but they could yet move for a defensive midfielder, with Bayer Leverkusen's Gonzalo Castro also touted as a target.
An ACL tear wiped out the 27-year-old's club season with Real Madrid, but his rehab aligned perfectly for him to make major contributions to Germany's World Cup winning squad. His return to top performance and fitness had made him a viable transfer candidate in the summer window. While the Arsenal rumors proved to be untrue, Fiorentina appeared interested in bringing in the German midfielder.
Khedira has a contract with Real Madrid that expires after this season. With the import of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, Los Blancos could be looking to unload some of their logjam in midfield, with Ángel di María reportedly ready to move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Meanwhile, AS reported on Wednesday that Reschke has flown to Madrid to negotiate a transfer for Godín, a defender who also played for Uruguay at the World Cup. The 28-year-old has a €35 million buyout clause, and AS believes that Atléti will fight to keep him.
Though Atlético expected to let one of their central defenders go, it seems unlikely the club will let Godín go easily. He was the hero of last year’s league title, with his goal in Barcelona that clinched the championship and Simeone considers he is ‘untouchable’. During the World Cup El Cholo said he would "never" let Godín leave.
Godín had the big spending Chelsea and Manchester City supposedly on his tail, but the speculation never amounted to anything concrete. His contract runs until 2018, so Bayern would likely have to meet his buyout clause in order to obtain him.
Both of these reports come after Reschke's trip to Rome to negotiate with AS Roma for Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia. Enrico Passarella from gianlucadimarzio.com is of the understanding that Benatia's agent will meet with front office man Walter Sabatini to "discuss the potential extension and a pay raise." According to this report, Bayern are reportedly offering just €25 million plus bonuses paid over the next two years, well below AS Roma's evaluation of the player.
Bayern have 12 more days to find the right deal for Martínez's replacement before the transfer window closes. With the Bundesliga set to start three days from now, the club will have to act fast if they seek certainty in their squad.