Everton and Juventus have recently become trading partners after the transfer of Moise Kean, and now it appears Carlo Ancelotti is looking to leverage that relationship for a move to get one of his most decorated former players Sami Khedira to Merseyside.
The 33-year-old midfielder has found himself frozen out at Juve under new manager Andrea Pirlo despite having won just about every honour a footballer can aspire to in a glittering career.
With his current deal expiring at the end of this season, the Italian giants are looking to offload his £184,000 per week wages as soon as they can with the former German international not having featured a single minute this season.
Khedira has spoken in recent weeks of his admiration for two of his former bosses - Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho - adding that he wanted to get a taste of the Premier League as well before he retires from the game. The player is currently in England to hold direct talks with Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and even Arsenal all linked with interest in him.
When asked directly, Ancelotti has acknowledged his admiration for Khedira, adding tongue-in-cheek that he would be a good addition to the Everton squad in the January transfer window, which is now open.
Per the Daily Express, Everton are looking to offer the veteran with 77 international caps an 18-month deal, with the player agreeing to a large reduction on his astronomical current wages too. Juve will likely assent to a free transfer in January just to get him off the wage bill.
Despite a career that has seen him make 473 appearances across Germany, Spain and Italy as well as in European club competitions and bagging 50 goals with 46 assists in that span, Khedira has been plagued by injury issues in recent years that have seen him make only feature in 35 games across the last two seasons.
Relying on a deft touch and late runs into the opposing box, Khedira at his prime is able to unlock massed ranks in defence. However, it's been a couple of years since he has managed to do that and coming off a couple of surgeries, whether he will be able to match the pace and physicality of the Premier League is a genuine concern.
Everton have struggled with injuries once again in the middle with lynchpin Allan out until at least the end of the month with a hamstring ailment. Jean-Phillipe Gbamin is still working his way back to fitness after a lengthy layoff and is on about the same timeline as the Brazilian, while the Blues third option at defensive midfielder Fabian Delph has maintained his remarkable record of missing more games than he has featured in for the Toffees since joining the club.
Where the aged legs of Khedira will fit in this side is also a mystery. Used mostly as a floating '8' throughout his career, he's been at his best paired up with a physical midfielder. The Blues already have a dearth of average central midfielders in Gylfi Sigurðsson, Andre Gomes and Tom Davies, so adding Khedira to that mix appears to be a puzzling choice. Would he have been useful in games like the frustrating loss against West Ham? Probably. Would he also be overrun when coming up against the fast and physical midfielders most top sides possess nowadays? Likely.
As Evertonians were are once again at the juncture where some player transfer rumours really seem to make no sense to us in the least, but have to balance that with faith in Ancelotti who has forgotten more about the beautiful game than we will learn. In Carlo we trust.