Arsenal have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign Sami Khedira and will pay the World Cup winner a salary worth €10m to pull off a stunning transfer coup. Catalan newspaper Sport expect the deal to be concluded quickly and report this morning that the Gunners have beaten Chelsea and Manchester United to complete their second major summer signing, for an initial fee of €29m.
Khedira has agreed a four-year deal with Arsenal worth €10m-a-season according to Sport, as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger once again looks to prove he means business by adding a proven world-class commodity to his ranks ahead of a push for major honours on all fronts next season.
Wants to feel loved
The 27-year-old has decided to look for a fresh challenge because he doesn't feel valued at Madrid, a situation heightened by his star role for Germany at the World Cup finals.
Despite being cruelly forced to miss the final after getting injured in the warm-up Khedira was magnificent throughout the tournament, shining most brightly during Germany's brutal 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the semi-finals.
Khedira had a licence to bomb forward and make a difference in the final third for his country and wants the same at club level, a stance which has prompted Wenger to pounce.
Premier League push
Madrid have been forced to reluctantly sanction Khedira's exit because he has less than a year left on his current contract and refused to sign a new one, but put a lofty pricetag falling £23m on his shoulders and were not prepared to accept anything less.
Chelsea have been interested onlookers and Khedira shares a strong relationship with Blues boss Jose Mourinho dating back to his spell in the Spanish capital, but Arsenal are the only club to table a formal offer and the midfield maestro is more than happy to move there this summer.
Exciting times in North London
Gunners fans will be anxious for Wenger to get this deal over the line quickly and prove once again this he is not afraid to spend big on top players, with a summer spent at the World Cup as a pundit and scout clearly bearing fruit.
Arsenal could soon add Khedira to extensive midfield options which already include Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky, although the German is a more powerful, ball-winning option than anyone currently strutting their stuff at the Emirates.
Throw in a forward line featuring the pace of Sanchez and Theo Walcott plus the precision passing of Mesut Ozil and Arsenal look set to be a force to be reckoned with next season, particularly if they can get Khedria to put off his World Cup celebrations for long enough to sign on the dotted line early this week.