Could Germany team-mates Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira be set to swap clubs?
Bayern Munich want to sign Germany international Sami Khedira but Real Madrid will only entertain their advances if Bastian Schweinsteiger is allowed to move in the other direction, according to Spanish newspaper Sport. Khedira, 25, moved to the Bernabeu from Stuttgart in 2010 and has been an integral player for Los Blancos since then, playing 42 games in all competitions as the club won the Primera Division title last season.
However, Bayern are reportedly ready to offer the midfielder the opportunity to play in an advanced role back, which he is believed to prefer over the defensively disciplined position he occupies for Real.
Sport reports that the Bavarians are desperate to bring Khedira back to Germany, but that Jose Mourinho is unwilling to let him leave unless Schweinsteiger is included in a part-exchange deal.
Mourinho is thought to be a long-time admirer of Schweinsteiger, and Real have been linked with a move for him several times in recent years.