Arsenal are reported to be considering an approach for Sami Khedira as Arsene Wenger makes plans to reinforce his midfield during the imminent transfer window. Khedira will seemingly be made available by Real Madrid this summer.
Real Madrid ready to sell
It has been reported that Real Madrid are prepared to entertain offers for Khedira over the coming months, with the club’s hierarchy having decided that now could be the time to sell the Germany international.
The thinking is that Khedira’s value could increase following his performances at the World Cup, and Marca claims there are numerous European clubs considering an approach for the 27-year-old former Stuttgart player.
Arsenal in the running - along with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United
Manchester United and Liverpool have been credited with interest, while links with a move to Chelsea are inevitable given Khedira’s association with Jose Mourinho. The Chelsea manager bought Khedira to the Santiago Bernabeu almost four years ago.
Arsenal could now, however, be the frontrunners for Khedira with The Sun reporting that the club are set to sanction a bid of £23 million. It is claimed Arsenal are prepared to place Khedira in their top earners bracket, with an offer of £165,000-per-week.
Manchester United had been outlined as the most serious contenders to sign Khedira in the Spanish press, with Louis van Gaal already pushing to overhaul the squad he will inherit upon his arrival at Old Trafford.
The right man for Van Gaal?
Van Gaal has already recruited Ander Herrera to offer more invention in his midfield ranks, and it may be that Khedira is pursued to inject some extra bite and control. Nigel de Jong has been outlined as a contender for this role, but Khedira is certainly an potential acquisition of higher quality.
However, with an outlay beyond £60 million already, it may be that Van Gaal considers De Jong above Khedira given that the Dutchman will command a fee far less than that being proposed to sign the Real Madrid man.
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The German connection
Arsenal, meanwhile, will hope the significant German contingent at the Emirates Stadium is an ace up their sleeve if they are to be contested by their rivals in pursuit of Khedira.
The Gunners can boast Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski as first-team regulars, which all of them currently on World Cup duty alongside Khedira. Ozil and Khedira also spent four years together in Madrid before the former join Arsenal last summer.
Also among Wenger’s number is Serge Gnabry, a German star in the making, and the Arsenal manager has frequently praised the intelligence and professionalism he is able to get from players acquired from Germany.