Wolfsburg agree deal to sign Josuha Guilavogui

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Wolfsburg have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Josuha Guilavogui, in a move which could have significant repercussions for Arsenal's pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.

According to speculation from Spain cited by The Daily Express, the Bundesliga outfit have come to an arrangement to take Atletico Madrid outcast Guilavogui on a one-year loan that will cost an initial £1.5 million and also includes the option to make the transfer permanent in 2015.

The same source further reports that such a move could boost Arsenal's move for Khedira, with Guilavogui presumably considered as a possible replacement for Real Madrid target Luiz Gustavo at Volkswagen Arena.

Khedira impact

Arsene Wenger will no doubt be encouraged by the potential for this chain of events to positively impact upon his interest in Khedira.

Arsenal - along with Premier League title rivals Chelsea - have been strongly linked with a move for the £24 million-rated World Cup winner who bounced back from a serious knee injury in tremendous fashion earlier this year to help Germany to success in Brazil.

Despite winning the Champions League with Real Madrid in May, Khedira - who joined the Spanish giants from Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart in 2010 - appears to have been deemed surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Carlo Ancelotti having heavily boosted his midfield options already this summer and Khedira's contract due to expire in a year's time.

A strong and uncompromising midfield presence like Khedira is exactly what Arsenal require at present, with Mathieu Flamini obviously not seen as a credible long-term option.

So far any potential deal has been scuppered by Khedira's extravagant wage demands, although recent reports suggest that a deal could now be more likely with Real Madrid supposedly increasingly eager to offload the 27-year-old and having made it explicitly clear that he is no longer needed.

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Chelsea for Khedira?

Real's desperate attempts to sell Khedira could potentially lead to a bidding war between Arsenal and Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho having also been credited with an interest in the player.

Chelsea have made a major upgrade to their midfield already this summer in the form of Cesc Fabregas and any potential swoop for Khedira would surely result in further departures at Stamford Bridge with the likes of Nemanja Matic, Ramires, John Obi Mikel and Marco van Ginkel already vying for places alongside the Spaniard.

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