Bayern Munich are set to rival Arsenal for the signature of Sami Khedira, according to Marca. The German World Cup winner is out of contract in 2015, and Bayern Munich are first in line to take the German back to his homeland once it expires.
The German can act as a replacement for Toni Kroos, who moved in the opposite direction. The Bundesliga giants will hope Khedira resists any Premier League interest and offer the 27-year-old lucrative terms on the turn of the year in a pre-contract deal.
Bayern will hope the draw of moving back to Germany and joining the Champions will be enough to reject interest from elsewhere. Pep Guardiola’s side are also willing to improve of Khedira’s current terms, and stumbling block for Arsenal.
End to his Real Madrid career?
Khedira is happy to see out the remainder of his contract, but is unwilling to sign fresh terms.
With competition for midfield places high, Khedira’s place in the side is under threat. Following the additions of James Rodriguez and compatriot Toni Kroos, Madrid are unlikely to miss the German too much.
Madrid managed for the majority of last season without Khedira, who suffered a knee injury and was sidelined for five months.
The midfielder is yet to feature for Los Blancos during their preseason, with the Germany International taking an extended break after his World Cup exploits.
Madrid will be looking to balance the books following an expensive summer. Alvaro Morata has left the club with Angel Di Maria set to follow. Madrid will be hoping to make €20-€30 million from the sale of Khedira.
Arsenal still in the picture
Arsenal appeared to be making headway with the deal; however the midfielder’s hefty wage demands appeared to be the main stumbling block. Khedira who currently earns £135,000-a-week was unwilling to lower his salary in order to move to North London.
Despite Bayern Munich’s interest, Arsenal still have a chance of attracting the German. Real Madrid would much rather sell now than lose Khedira for nothing next season, much in the same way they managed to acquire Toni Kroos this summer.
If Bayern Munich’s interest is serious, Madrid may even knock a few millions off their asking price to further entice Arsene Wenger or any other potential suitors.
The Gunners have taken their summer spending to over £60 million, with the signing of Mathieu Debuchy, Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers and David Ospina. However their need for a long-term defensive midfield option is apparent.
Arsenal have failed to adequately bolster the position since the departure of Alex Song and could benefit from the German’s experience and winning mentality.