Sami Khedira may be on his way out of Real Madrid after he was snubbed by boss Carlo Ancelotti for the Super Cup final last night according to Marca.
The German has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bernabeu recently having reportedly turned down the offer of a new contract. Real Madrid have signed Khedira's Germany team-mate Toni Kroos this summer, which could see his game-time limited this season.
Indeed that was the case in Real Madrid's 2-0 Super Cup win over Sevilla in Cardiff last night. Kroos was deployed alongside Luka Modric in midfield, while Khedira was left out of the squad altogether.
Arsenal and Chelsea are both said to be in the race for him, however the Gunners have baulked at meeting his huge £150,000-per-week wage demands. Previous reports suggested that Khedira was happy to stay put for another season and walk away for free next year, but Marca say that last night's snub shows he is free to leave this month before the close of the transfer window.
Ready to move
He is said to be ready to make the move to the Premier League, but whether either Arsenal and Chelsea are willing to cough up the cash remains to be seen. Real Madrid would seek a fee in the region of £24 million while his wages over a four year contract would come to more than £30 million, which would make signing him a pricey operation indeed.
Arsenal are already said to be looking at cheaper alternatives and reportedly have an eye on William Carvalho, who has been linked with Manchester United for some time. Lars Bender is said to be a favourite of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger while Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton is also believed to be a target - although his club remain adamant that they won't sell and rivals Tottenham are also in the hunt.
Chelsea meanwhile look well stocked in midfield ahead of the new season despite letting both Frank Lampard and David Luiz leave. They landed Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona earlier on this summer while Marco van Ginkel has recovered from a long-term injury to challenge the likes of Nemanja Matic, Ramires and John Obi-Mikel for a midfield berth.
Crucially according to the Express, Khedira would favour a move to Chelsea over Arsenal to link up with former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who is in his second spell at Stamford Bridge.