Arsenal's hopes of signing Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira have been boosted after the Chelsea target lowered his wage demands in a bid to push through a prospective deal.
The Daily Star on Sunday reports how the World Cup winner has grown so disillusioned with life at the Santiago Bernabeu that he wants to leave for the Premier League before the close of the transfer window.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been eager to bring the Germany international to the Emirates Stadium, but looked like being priced out of a move because of Khedira's extravagant salary expectation.
According to the London Metro, the 27-year-old was originally seeking around £150,000-a-week, which would've put the Real Madrid man on a par with Arsenal's current top earners like Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and the recently acquired Alexis Sanchez.
Wenger was reluctant to meet those demands and instead turned his attention to France international Morgan Schneiderlin, though the fee that Southampton are demanding for him is also higher than the north London club's valuation.
Jose Mourinho also been mooted as an admirer of Khedira, having worked with him previously during his time in the Spanish capital. But, despite the fact that Chelsea were ready to pay him exactly what he wants to move to Stamford Bridge, the player is said to favour a move to Arsenal over the Blues.
Now that Khedira has reduced his demands by around £16,000 to £134,000-a-week, the Gunners could be ready to formally complete the transfer, in what would be regarded as another marquee signing this summer.
The want-away star has less than 12 months to run on his existing deal with Real Madrid, and with the club having already brought in Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, Carlo Ancelotti appears ready to sanction Khedira's sale.