Bayern Munich are reportedly set to step up their interest in signing Sami Khedira from Real Madrid.
According to recent speculation from The Daily Express, which - along with suggesting that the Bundesliga champions have decided to match Manchester United's bid for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia - claims that German international Khedira could be sold for paltry £8 million prior to the transfer deadline with his current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu due to expire in 2015.
An apparent lack of development over an extension to that deal is cited as something that could see Bayern intervene, with World Cup winner Khedira having previously made a sizeable impact in his native country with Stuttgart between 2006-10.
Bayern boss Pep Guardiola's desire to seek a new midfielder was swiftly exacerbated during last week's comprehensive Super Cup defeat to Borussia Dortmund, with Spanish playmaker Javi Martinez having suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage just 23 minutes into German football's traditional curtain-raiser.
Such an injury is expected to keep Martinez out of action for quite some time and Bayern were already one midfielder light heading into the new campaign with Toni Kroos having opted to join Real Madrid in a bargain deal believed to be worth somewhere in the region of £24 million.
Indeed it is that very deal for Kroos - along with the signing of Colombian sensation James Rodriguez - that seems to reduced Khedira to nothing more than a spare part under Carlo Ancelotti.
The 27-year-old - who himself battled back from a horrendous knee injury that saw him miss five months of the 2013/14 season - was not included in Real's squad for last week's win over rivals Sevilla in Cardiff but did surprisingly feature from the start for Ancelotti's side in the disappointing but largely meaningless friendly defeat to Fiorentina on Saturday evening.
Arsenal/Chelsea hopes scuppered?
Bayern's sudden interest in Khedira would appear to pose a very real threat to Arsenal and Chelsea's hopes of landing the player.
Both Premier League giants have succeeded in strengthening their respective squads so far this summer, yet both continue to be linked with Khedira as Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho each look to add the finish touches ahead of a typically long Premier League title slog.
Arsenal in particular could benefit from an extra combative presence in midfield, with captain Mikel Arteta not always appearing the strongest in terms of defensive work.
Khedira would arguably be a much better option to partner Aaron Ramsey than both Arteta and current teammate Mathieu Flamini, although it remains to be seen if Wenger has the resolve to get the deal done.
Chelsea, meanwhile, added Cesc Fabregas to a midfield unit already with brimming with talent in June, with Mourinho wasting no time whatsoever in ensuring that the club do not suffer any ill effects from club legend Frank Lampard's departure.
Serbian international Nemanja Matic - who returned to Stamford Bridge in January three years after being allowed to leave Chelsea for Benfica - is more than capable of holding his own alongside Fabregas, although there is no doubt that Khedira would be an excellent and valuable addition to Mourinho's lineup.
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