European champions Real Madrid are becoming increasingly desperate to sell midfielder Sami Khedira, who has been strongly linked with moves to Arsenal and Chelsea, this summer. The Spanish giants will even consider reducing the German World Cup winner’s asking price in order to get him off their books before the transfer window closes on September 2.
This latest update comes via the Metro, who cite the Daily Star as reporting that Real Madrid are fed up with Khedira’s indecisiveness over his future plans and now intend to sell him.
Khedira has just 12 months left on his Real Madrid contract and will be free to speak to potential new employers from January onwards.
This means that, unless the Champions League holders manage to shift him before the end of the transfer window, the La Liga outfit risk losing him for nothing next summer - or for a significantly reduced price in January.
But his wage demands are proving to be a problem with clubs interested in securing his signature, including Arsenal, who would need to stump up a total of £50 million to sign the midfield enforcer.
Real Madrid are currently demanding a £24 million fee for Khedira, who wants to secure a four-year contract worth £150,000-a-week to leave the Bernabeu - bringing the total package to a cool £50 million.
Arsenal face Chelsea competition - potentially
But Arsenal need a defensive midfielder - as was evident during the recent Emirates Cup, which the Gunners failed to win - and Arsene Wenger might be tempted to stump up the cash in order to avoid heading into the 2014/15 campaign without an experienced, quality player to shield his back-four.
If he reacts too slowly, then Chelsea could pounce. Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Khedira, who he initially signed at the start of his Real Madrid tenure in 2010, and hopes to reunite with the classy Germany international this summer.
But Mourinho will only be permitted to make a move for the player if he can find a buyer for Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, who is expected to play a peripheral role at Stamford Bridge this season.
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Real Madrid can afford to lose Khedira
Losing Khedira wouldn’t be a major concern for Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, who gave his employers the green light to spend big money on Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez this summer.
Kroos is expected to line up alongside the brilliant Luka Modric in midfield next season, with Rodriguez playing in the hole behind either Karim Benzema or, if Real Madrid president Florentino Perez gets his wish, Radamel Falcao.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will occupy the left and right flanks, respectively, to complete a fearsome-looking Real Madrid attack.
As for Khedira, it looks increasingly likely that he will be plying his trade in the Premier League - and, more specifically, in London - from the start of the new season.