Arsenal bid for Sami Khedira accepted

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Arsenal are closing in on their second major signing of the summer after Real Madrid accepted their £19.8 million bid for Chelsea target Sami Khedira.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the World Cup winning Germany international is keen on a move to north London, and looks set to complete his transfer before the start of the new season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has already made a big statement of intent having negotiated a £30 million deal to bring Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez to the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona.

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Now the Frenchman hopes to follow up that signing with the capture of the 27-year-old midfielder, providing the two parties can reach agreement over personal terms.

Wage demands

Khedira is believed to be asking for around £150,000-a-week, which would put him on a par with Arsenal's highest earners Mesut Ozil and Sanchez. The only other players on six figure salaries are Theo Walcott and the increasingly impressive Aaron Ramsey.

Wenger isn't willing to meet the Real Madrid star's demands but remains hopeful of a compromise over the coming days, particularly after being given the green light by Real Madrid to open talks with the player.

Chelsea have also been keeping tabs on Khedira's situation closely, with Jose Mourinho eager to be reunited with a star he coached in the Spanish capital at Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Blues boss has already completed high-profile deals for Cesc Fanregas and Diego Costa, and had hoped to lure defensive midfielder Khedira to west London as well.

Khedira preference

However, it's believed that the player would prefer to join Arsenal over Chelsea, even though it's the latter club that are happy to pay him exactly what he wants.

Carlo Ancelotti appears content to sanction Khedira's departure from the Santiago Bernabeu as he attempts to generate the money needed to sign AS Monaco forward James Rodriguez for Real Madrid before the close of the transfer window.

The Colombian was one of the star performers at this summer's World Cup finals, and following a series of scintillating performances has been heavily linked with a move to La Liga.

Angel di Maria is another high-profile name expected to leave the Champions League holders this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain now looking like the Argentine star's most likely destination.

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