Spanish giants Real Madrid have gone back on their stance of putting a £22 million tag on Sami Khedira and are now ready to accept bids as little as £8 million for the German international, according to reports.
Khedira, who won three titles for club and country in UEFA Champions League, World Cup and UEFA Super Cup in just under the last four months, has recently rejected talks of a new deal at Santiago Bernabeu which has led to speculations of his exit this summer.
The German international has a current contract that expires at the end of 2014-15 season and would be eligible to talk to potential suitors early next year for a move away from Madrid for free next summer.
Khedira could be surplus to requirements at Real
Madrid have one of the best squads in Europe as they push for their bid to hold on to the Champions League and also recoup the league title from city rivals Atletico.
Khedira has recently been relegated to the bench at Real and by willing to hear offers for half of what they paid to secure his services from Stuttgart in 2010, The Galacticos would want something rather than risk losing him for nothing.
Chelsea & Arsenal in tug-of-war over Khedira
Chelsea and Arsenal have been the frontrunners for Khedira’s signature with wage demands of the German midfielder being a major hindrance for Arsene Wenger to lure him to Emirates Stadium, while Jose Mourinho has advised the player to hold on for an offer next year for a switch to Stamford Bridge.
But with Los Blancos ready to let go of a talent of Khedira’s magnitude for such a cut-price deal there is bound to be other clubs in the running too.
Other potential suitors
Serie A side Fiorentina and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are also interested in the German midfielder.
Fiorentina would be last in queue as they cannot offer Champions League football this term, but Bayern have long been admirers of Khedira and want to bring him back to Germany.
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