Arsenal have made an official €29 million offer for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, according to reports in Spain.
Interest in the German ace is thought to be high, with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United believed to be keen on securing his services. At the moment however it seems as though the Gunners are leading the way, and AS report that they've made the first move by making an offer worth around £23 million.
Whether that is enough to persuade Real Madrid to let him leave remains to be seen, however previous reports suggest that the European champions were after around £25 million, so Arsenal's offer isn't too far off.
Khedira will likely be away on holiday over the next few weeks following his exertions at the World Cup so is unlikely to make any decision about his future soon. That could give Chelsea the chance to swoop and match Arsenal's offer should they decide to firm up their own interest.
If the Khedira deal doesn't come off, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is believed to have some alternatives lined up, including Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender and Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin.
Arsenal transfer roundup:
Sami Khedira is now Arsenal's top target this summer (The Telegraph)
Alternatively, Arsenal have ended their interest in Khedira because of his wage demands (The Mirror)
Mathieu Debuchy will complete his move to Arsenal shortly (The Express)
He could be joined by fellow defender Javi Manquilo from Atletico Madrid - which could spell the end of Carl Jenkinson's time at the club (Daily Star)
Arsenal are set to complete a move for Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina (Metro)
Thomas Vermaelen's move to Manchester United is in doubt because Arsene Wenger wants players included in the deal. Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Nani have been suggested as potential makeweights (The Express)
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