Arsene Wenger may be a busy man this summer with Arsenal rumoured to be in talks for Real Madrid's Sami Khedira.
The French manager is in the market for a holding midfield player and is prepared to spend as much as £28 million to land his man.
The best man for the job?
With Mikel Arteta, rumoured to be heading to Fiorentina this window, Arsenal need a defensive minded holding midfield player to complete a strong looking midfield.
Lars Bender's name has been heavily linked with the Gunners, as Wenger has previously been interested in the German, but his talent isn't as suited to Arsenal as Khedira's.
The German has put in some strong performances this World Cup, especially during the incredible thrashing of Brazil. The player is tactically minded and would solidify things in front of the defensive.
The game also displayed the crisp passing that the player can offer, matching Wenger's vision of quick and attractive style of football.
People may raise question marks over his game time for Real Madrid and point towards a poor attitude, but a change of league can make a big difference, form doesn't necessarily translate across the board.
His experience of playing alongside Mesut Ozil for both Germany and domestically at Real Madrid, may also bring the best out of Arsenal's record signing and could play a part in Wenger's thinking.
In turn, the Gunners will be keen to stop drubbings like they experienced against Chelsea and Liverpool last season and by adding experienced defensiveness in front of the back four, it would be hoped the side would become more able without the ball.
Almost a certainty
It is almost certain that the German will be leaving Los Blancos this summer, despite his wishes to stay.
With Carlo Ancelotti weighing up moves for Paul Pogba and Toni Kroos, a place in the starting XI looks unlikely for Khedira, with Xabi Alonso and ex-Spurs man Luka Modric being selected ahead of him towards the end of last season.
With Angel Di Maria being brought into a central area to offer pace and service to the forwards, their shape has been altered and doesn't favour the qualties the 27-year-old has to offer.
It is therefore likely that he will be pushed out at the Bernabeu but Arsenal may have to see off competition from big spending Chelsea and possibly Man United, if the Red Devils don't land Alex Song from Barcelona.
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