Arsenal and Chelsea may have been given the green light to sign Real Madrid star Sami Khedira, as Spanish journalist Guillem Balague claims he’s been told to leave the La Liga giants.
Focusing on the speculation suggesting that the German star might be available to make a Premier League move next summer, Balague suggested that he had information alluding to a scenario wherein Khedira had been told by his current club that he needs to either sign a new deal or leave.
"Real Madrid have told Khedira you sign a new contract or go," he told Sky Sports, as relayed by the Daily Express.
"There are different reasons why he didn't leave [this summer]. Xabi Alonso left [for Bayern Munich] and his wage demands were too high for Arsenal and Chelsea.
"At the moment he is staying at Real Madrid and is going to be a key player because there are many like him in the squad."
Rumours have inferred that he will be the next Galactico shipped out the exit door, and there’s no shortage of other European teams ready to fight for his signature. Two of those teams are Arsenal and Chelsea, both of whom have different reasons for having registered their interest.
First and foremost there’s Arsene Wenger’s intent to land Khedira, which is largely born out of a need for a strong defensive midfielder. Mathieu Flamini is currently the go-to-guy in the position in front of the back four, but despite his impressive homecoming he doesn’t carry the same ‘star status’ that Khedira does.
As such Wenger could well move for the Madrid ace, particularly if he’s available on the cheap, and it's said he could offer him as much as £140k-a-week. A link-up with former teammate Mesut Ozil would likely appeal to him, and a strong German spine at the Emirates, formed with the likes of Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski, would certainly be backed by the Gunners’ large following.
It won’t be plain sailing if Khedira decides to leave Madrid though, as Chelsea promise to be staunch competitors for his signature. Jose Mourinho currently has Nemanja Matic protecting his defence, with Francesc Fabregas pulling the strings further forward, but there was a strong belief over the course of the summer that The Special One desires a world-class anchorman to compete the trio.
Will he leave?
Naturally any talk about Khedira’s future will have to wait until he has made a definitive decision over the contract on the table from Madrid. At the moment Toni Kroos and Luka Modric appear to have solidified the positions in the centre of midfield thanks to his absence through injury, and the sale of Alonso highlighted Carlo Ancelotti’s ruthlessness when it comes to ensuring his side continue to improve.
Khedira's current deal expires next summer, meaning the clock is fast winding down. Chelsea & Arsenal fans, would you like to see him at your club?