Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will only allow Sami Khedira to be sold this summer if Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea table an "irresistible" €40m offer, despite already agreeing a deal to sign his German international team-mate Toni Kroos.
That is according to Madrid-based daily Marca, who believe that Ancelotti would prefer to keep the versatile midfielder and persuade him to sign a new contract as he weighs up who will have to leave to make room for potent playmaker Kroos.
Madrid midfield reshuffle
Kroos agreeing a move to Madrid means there are simply too many central options at Ancelotti's disposal heading into the new campaign, which means at least one of Casemiro, Asier Illaramendi or Khedira will have to be sold, particularly with Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric currently Ancelotti's first-choice pairing in central midfield.
Khedira is by far the most experienced of that trio but has less than 12 months left on his current deal, which has led to serious interest from three Premier League giants in his services.
Ancelotti is extremely reluctant to let Khedira leave though and will only sanction his exit if a whopping €40m offer comes in, a price tag that Arsenal, Chelsea and United will likely view as too steep for a player who could be snapped up for free next summer.
Time to move on
Madrid fans will not shed too many tears if Khedira does in fact move on in search of a fresh challenge this summer, particularly after an injury-hit campaign which restricted the enforcer to just 13 appearances in La Liga last season.
The 27-year-old did return to start the Champions League final but looked off the pace in that Madrid success over bitter local rivals Atletico, but has gradually regained fitness and form to look something like the top player he is at the World Cup, helping Germany reach the semi-finals with ruthless efficiency.
Arsenal and United in particular are on the lookout for an experienced, dynamic ball-winning midfielder and Khedira certainly ticks both of those boxes, but Los Blancos have decided that he won't be sold on the cheap this summer despite Kroos being Bernabeu-bound.
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