Real Madrid are happy to accept an offer of just €10 million for World Cup winning midfielder Sami Khedira, reports Spanish newspaper AS.
The summer has been a rollercoaster ride for the Germany international, who has seen his place in the Real Madrid side become close to untenable after his refusal to sign a contract extension. With just one-year to run on his current deal, Carlo Ancelotti has spent the summer trying to offload him.
There had been early reports that the price for Khedira was coming down but now reports in Spain claim to have discovered the exact fee Real Madrid are willing to accept.
Real Madrid had originally told interested parties that they would have to bid in the region of €30 million if they wanted to land the 27-year-old. As we approach the start of the season, Los Blancos are growing increasingly desperate to get him off the books.
Now a bid of just €10 million will be enough to convince Real Madrid to sell and a number of clubs are still rumoured to be interested. The front runners appear to be Fiorentina.
The Viola have been attracted ever since the player because available for cheaper. However, the allure of playing in one of Europe's most aesthetically pleasing cities will surely not be enough to keep Khedira away from Chelsea or Arsenal should they come calling.
Premier League interest
Arsenal appeared to be very interested in the player with Wenger keen to expand his affiliation with German success. Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski all returned to London Colney with World Cup winners medals and Khedira would have been more than welcome to follow,
However, Khedira's outrageous wage demands of £150,000-a-week was enough to spoil the deal. It now looks like Khedira is ready to accept less in order to seal a move away from the Bernabeu.
Fiorentina officials are preparing to offer Khedira a wage of €3.5 million after tax, which in England would give him a basic wage of around €100,000-a-week. The Serie A outfit are reportedly confident that the player would be satisfied with the terms meaning Arsenal could now see Khedira as a more viable option to solve their midfield woes.
Arsenal would be able to offer Khedira pride of place in his midfield but the player is apparently keen to reunite with former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
Should Khedira run down his Real Madrid contract, Chelsea are favourites to land the player for free. The player's relationship with Mourinho is a main reason for that.