Juventus swoop for Sami Khedira in free transfer deal

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Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is set to snub interest from Arsenal and Manchester United and sign for Serie A champions Juventus, according to reports.

Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri tweeted on Saturday: "Juventus director: "We are very close to sign Khedira. It will be announced after penning down the contract".

Frozen out

Khedira has struggled to gain a regular starting place at the Bernabeu this season, featuring in just 20 games this season, and he has not started a La Liga since February's defeat to Atletico Madrid.

His place in the team has been taken by summer signing Toni Kroos, with Luka Modric, Isco and Asier Illarramendi sharing the remaining Real Madrid midfield berths. 

Interest forthcoming

Interest in Khedira has come from across Europe, with Bayern Munich and Inter Milan both rumoured to be keen to sign the German international on a free transfer this summer. 

However it appears that the Turin club has acted before their rivals in the race to sign Khedira, ahead off their appearance in next week's Champions League final against Barcelona. Khedira's contract in Madrid ends on June 30, and an exit would end a five year stint with the club after he joined following his impressive display at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Real Madrid are yet to comment on Khedira's exit but have been heavily linked with Juventus' Paul Pogba as a possible replacement. 

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