Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will revive his interest in Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira this summer. The 27-year-old enforcer is considered a significantly cheaper option than re-signing Cesc Fabregas, who would cost in excess of £30, from Barcelona.
The Mirror report that Germany international Khedira is a close friend of the Gunners’ record signing Mesut Ozil - who arrived at the Emirates Stadium in a £42.5m deal from Real Madrid last summer - and this could help lure the defensive midfielder from the Bernabeu. Arsenal made enquiries for Khedira in January, but the former Stuttgart star was ruled out of action at the time with a serious knee injury.
Khedira, who joined Los Blancos along with Ozil after starring at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, only recently returned to action and lasted just 59 minutes of Saturday night’s triumphant Champions League final against local rivals Atletico Madrid before being subbed off for Isco.
His first-team opportunities could be limited next season, with Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso shining in the midfielder’s absence, hence why the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea are keen to pounce. Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer of the midfielder, who labelled himself as “one of Mourinho’s disciples” earlier this season.
However, the fact Chelsea forked out £21m on Serbia international Nemanja Matic - who plays a similar role to Khedira - may convince the player that a move to the Emirates Stadium would be more beneficial for his career. While 30-year-old Mathieu Flamini impressed in his first season back with the Gunners, Khedira is widely considered a better all-round performer.