Arsenal have suffered what looks to be the final damning blow in their unsuccessful pursuit of Real Madrid star Sami Khedira, as his club now need him to cover for the loss of the injured Luka Modric.
Reports claim that the fact that the Croatia international is out for up to three months with a thigh injury will be enough to ensure Madrid offer Khedira - who wants as much as £200k-a-week - a lucrative new deal, and won’t be prepared to let him leave the Santiago Bernabeu anytime soon.
The Germany star has long been linked with the Gunners, and Arsene Wenger is known to be looking for a midfield enforcer. Now though he'll be forced to turn his attentions elsewhere, with Khedira looking set to become an important part of Madrid's squad moving forward.
The initial expectation had been that he would be forced to seek an exit, with his lengthy injury putting him well behind Modric and compatriot Toni Kroos in the pecking order. Now though, with Ancelotti certain to be keen to ensure that Madrid don't lose any of their early seasonal momentum, he will likely find a place waiting for him in the starting XI.
In other related news Arsenal will be given the chance to sign Yohan Cabaye this January, as the PSG star is sure to make a Premier League return, according to compatriot Olivier Bernard.
Cabaye moved to France last January to the tune of £19 million, but has struggled to make a lasting impression. Wenger is a long-term admirer of the midfielder, and at one point it was assumed that the Gunners would be his next club.
- The future of Lukas Podolski has taken another twist after his manager appeared to confirm that he wasn't looking to sell him in the near future. The Germany international has struggled to get game-time at the Emirates this year, and as such as been linked with a return to the Bundesliga. It seems though that Wenger wants to retain his services.
- Abou Diaby could be handed a shock new deal at Arsenal, so long as he can prove his fitness. It's believed Wenger is willing to place his faith in the French midfielder despite his continual injury problems, and will back him if he can prove he can be available regularly.