Arsenal have received a boost in their pursuit of Germany midfielder Sami Khedira. The Real Madrid man rejected a contract offer from the club last September and a new one has not been forthcoming.
talkSPORT quote an article from Spanish publication El Confidencial that says Real Madrid failed to offer Khedira an improved contract whilst he was recovering from a serious knee injury.
This would seem to pave the way for his potential exit and the same article claims that Madrid have their sights set on Brazilian Luiz Gustavo, currently playing for Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, as an ideal replacement.
Perfect partner for Ozil
Khedira is presumably seen by Arsenal as an ideal partner in midfield for Mezut Ozil, with their record signing cutting a rather dejected figure toward the back end of last season.
While Ozil is certainly not the only German player in the Arsenal ranks with Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker also at the club, he clearly has a good relationship with Khedira and maybe he could help settle him back into his early season form for the Gunners.
Arsenal are certainly not short of midfield players, but they are all considered more attack-minded with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Ozil and Santi Cazorla and Arsene Wenger has made no secret of his need for a more defensive-minded player to compliment the others.
Mathieu Flamini returned to the club last season but did not enjoy the same success as his previous stint, Abou Diaby is a constant injury problem and Mikel Arteta could potentially be leaving the club.
Manchester United battle
Khedira would be a fantastic signing for Arsenal and would certainly fit in with the style of play at the Emirates, but Wenger may need to move fast as he is believed to be on Manchester United's radar too. Wenger will hope that Khedira's fellow Germany internationals will help sway him.
Khedira has proven his fitness at this summer's World Cup, helping Germany to reach the quarter-final stage where they will play France.
He is not starting games, but that is seen as more of a reflection on the importance of captain Philipp Lahm, who has converted with great effect to being a holding midfielder for both club and country.
Where will he go?
Khedira has proved that he is capable of playing at the highest level and should have no problem adapting to life in the Premier League.
The question just seems to be over which club he will end up with. Manchester United are in the middle of a well-documented search for a holding midfielder, and Khedira is strongly linked with both clubs.
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