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Sami Khedira close to joining Arsenal

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Arsenal are on the brink of signing World Cup winner Sami Khedira from Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.

Metro are reporting that a deal of £23million has already been agreed between the clubs, as the English Premier League side look to add to the acquisition of Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez last week.

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The 27-year-old played a pivotal role in his country’s World Cup success, but was cruelly ruled out of Sunday’s final after picking up an injury in the warm-up.

Certain starter

He started in the Germans’ two opening Group G matches against Portugal and Ghana, and came off the bench in the second round victory over Algeria.

Khedira then returned to the side for the quarter-final as his side edged out France, and scored the fifth goal in the 7-1 semi-final thrashing of Brazil.

Joins international teammates

Despite being ruled out of the final at the worst possible time, it looks like he can now look forward to a move to the London club where he will line up alongside fellow World Cup winners Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker.

Former Real boss Jose Mourinho, who brought Khedira to the Bernabeu, tried to hijack the move last week in order to link up once again at Stamford Bridge. But it seems that Arsene Wenger has won the race to the signature of the defensive midfielder.

Early career

Khedira’s professional career began with the Stuttgart second team at the start of the 2004/05 season, after coming through the youth ranks from the age of eight.

He was called into the first team in the early stages of the 2006/07 campaign, and made 26 appearances for them as they won the Bundesliga and reached the final of the DFB-Pokal.

20-year-old Khedira made his first appearance for the German U21 side that year and went on to captain them in the 2009 European Under-21 Championships – lifting the trophy after the 4-0 victory over England in the final.

Big call up

Joachim Low included him the senior squad a couple of months later, before naming his in his final 23 for the 2010 World Cup. With Michael Ballack injured, he played in all seven matches and scored the winning goal in the third-place play-off win over Uruguay.

His impressive tournament prompted Real to come calling and he made a move to the Bernabeu.

He won the Copa del Ray in his first season before adding La Liga the following year. An injury-hit 2013/14 campaign saw him ruled out of another Copa del Ray victory, but he recovered in time to play the first half of the UEFA Champions League final as Real completed La Decima.

Khedira was then included in the World Cup squad, despite being out of contention for nearly seven months. He will certainly bring a lot of trophy-winning experience to an ambitious Arsenal.

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