Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira will lower his wage demands in order to facilitate a move to Arsenal, according to the Express.
Khedira is out of contract with the Spanish giants as of next year and is said to be listening to potential offers from all over Europe. The World Cup winner is able to listen to offers in the new year and is reportedly being courted by a host of suitors from the Premier League.
At the front of the queue appears to be Arsenal who were in talks to land the German international over the summer, however an agreement could not be reached. That was partially because of his wage demands, which were believed to be in excess of £100,000-per-week.
The Gunners were reluctant to pay that figure and according to the Express, Khedira has now lowered his wage demands in order to make them move happen. His agent is said to be in London to discuss the move.
The paper say he is now willing to accept a wage of around £80,000-per-week, which Arsenal are more than capable of paying. They are unlikely to have it all their own way however - both Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with the 27-year-old in recent weeks, as have AC Milan.
"If he wants to sign an extension, the club will renew him. If not, he will leave the team at the end of the season" - Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed earlier this week that he won't be leaving in January regardless of whether he pens a new deal at the Bernabeu which means he is likely to leave for free in the summer, which makes him an attractive option for a host of major clubs.
"We have until June to reach an agreement with him," the Madrid boss said. “If he wants to sign an extension, the club will renew him. If not, he will leave the team at the end of the season.”
Chelsea look well stocked in the midfield area following the arrival of Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge, although boss Jose Mourinho's relationship with the German from their time together at Madrid may sway him.
Manchester United meanwhile added the likes of Ander Herrera and Daley Blind over the summer but would surely be tempted to go after a player of Khedira's quality if given the chance. However, despite the Red Devils and Chelsea's plans, it seems as though he favours a move to Arsenal as things stand.