Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is unlikely to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the January transfer window despite supposed interest from Arsenal, although the Germany international could depart at the end of the season.
This is according to esteemed Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who claims that Khedira remains part of the plans of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, at least for the remainder of this campaign.
Balague tweeted on Friday: “Madrid want Khedira to stay the rest of the season - he's much needed. Arsenal deal for Jan unlikely.”
Khedira is reported to have already agreed personal terms with Arsenal ahead of a proposed January move, with an enormous contract of around £200,000-per-week having been mentioned, although it would appear that may not be the case.
The German had seemed almost certain to join Arsenal during the summer transfer window as Arsene Wenger strived to reinforce his midfield, although a move to the Emirates Stadium did not transpire and in Madrid he remains.
But for how long will the Spanish capital be his home? Khedira’s injury troubles have been a particular concern for Madrid over the past few months, with the 27-year-old having missed much of last season with a serious knee injury.
He returned before the end of the campaign to earn a place in Germany’s triumphant World Cup winning squad, but sustained a hamstring problem during the warm-up for the final against Argentina.
The worsening of this injury afforded Khedira an opportunity to go under the knife to full correct his knee troubles, leading to a further six weeks on the sidelines from which he has yet to return.
With Khedira fast earning a reputation as an injury prone player, would it be wise for Arsenal to invest such significant funds to acquire him? Former Arsenal player Robert Pires seems to think so.
“Maybe [Arsenal] have an opportunity with Khedira,” Pires told The Telegraph. "It is likely in the January window.
“He played very well with Germany. My advice is if he can buy Khedira he can be the [new] Vieira, more aggression in the middle.”
Khedira has also been linked with a reunion with former manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea would already seem to be well compensated in central midfield areas.