Arsenal have made their interest in Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira concrete with a €30m offer in the last 24 hours and are confident of beating Manchester United and Chelsea to win the race for the German international this summer. That is according to Mundo Deportivo, who believe the Gunners are the first club to table a formal bid for Khedira, despite widespread speculation that he is free to leave Madrid this summer at the right price.
Wenger makes his move
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has likely frustrated a whole host of Gunners fans by taking his time to identify transfer targets this summer, despite doubling scouting with punditry work for French television at the World Cup.
Alexis Sanchez, Karim Benzema and Mario Balotelli are just three of the star names consistently linked with a switch to the Emirates over the last six weeks, but its time to put Khedira at the top of that list after today's developments.
Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is reluctantly prepared to entertain offers for Khedira after an injury ravaged campaign for the 27-year-old, who featured just 13 times in La Liga and looked far from match fit and entirely unconvincing in the Champions League final.
Khedira is still a firm fixture for the German national side and has been ever-present in their run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, but that involvement has only served to persuade Madrid its a time to cash in on a star with less than 12 months of his current contract.
Premier League future
Ancelotti may not have plans for Khedira but Wenger seemingly does, eyeing a dynamic midfield maestro equally comfortable in providing stability or a more creative outlet in a pivotal central position.
Wenger already has playmakers in Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey that can make things happen in the final third and is though to view Khedira as the dynamic, ball-winning midfielder Arsenal have needed for so long, but he won't come cheap or easy.
United watch with interest
Unfortunately for the Gunners fierce Premier League rivals Manchester United are also very interested in signing Khedira, creating the grounds for just the type of bidding war Madrid would dearly love to unfold.
Madrid are hopeful that excellent performances from Germany at the business end of the World Cup will drive up Khedira's price while they move to wrap up the signing of Bayern Munich playmaker Toni Kroos.
Arsenal have decided to try and steal a march on United by moving quickly for a player who is also a firm favourite of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who is also still on the lookout for quality recruits in just about every key position on the field.
The Gunners think their favourable relationship with Madrid dating back to last summer's shock swoop for Mesut Ozil can help them win the race for Khedira's signature though, in a deal which they are confident of wrapping up once the World Cup concludes.