Sami Khedira wanted for free transfer to Arsenal

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Sami Khedira is once again attracting significant from the Premier League, with reports from Spain cited by the Daily Express suggesting that Arsenal are targeting a free transfer for the Chelsea and Bayern Munich midfield target as doubts continue to persist regarding his contract situation in Spain.

World Cup winner Khedira was linked with a potential move to English football throughout the recent summer transfer window, with Real Madrid having boosted their midfield options considerably with the signings of German teammate Toni Kroos and impressive Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez.

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Contract saga

Despite the wealth of speculation concerning his future, however, Khedira remained at the Santiago Bernabeu following September's deadline as Chelsea appeared content with their options in the middle following the addition of Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal went off in pursuit of another striker and Bayern pulled off one of the best bargains of the year with the acquisition of Xabi Alonso - the latter another player suddenly surplus to requirements in the Spanish capital following another period of heaving spending sanctioned by ambitious president Florentino Perez.

The close of the window has done little to step the rumours concerning Khedira, though, and this is particularly due to the fact that his current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu is due to expire in a years' time and negotiations regarding a potential extension have seemingly hit a dead end.

Free transfer?

As the Express suggests, £12 million-rated Khedira is free to talk to potential suitors as soon as January and Arsenal are hoping to secure his signature ahead of their rivals without having to produce any sort of substantial fee.

The Gunners - who were evidently desperate for another forward following the injury to Olivier Giroud and have recently been criticised for a lack of defensive depth - now appear to have a similar problem in midfield following a bruising North London derby encounter with fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

After captain Mikel Arteta was forced off with a calf strain just 28 minutes into the 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger looked on with dismay as Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere also had to be substituted with calf and ankle problems respectively.

Such an issue has left Arsenal facing somewhat of a crisis ahead of their Champions League tie with Galatasaray on Wednesday and Sunday's daunting trip to Stamford Bridge.

Injury record

The only problem one can foresee with any move for Khedira relates to the 27-year-old's own questionable injury record.

Serious knee damage sustained on international duty last November ruled the player out for most of the 2013/14 campaign and while he eventually recovered in time to take his place in Brazil this summer, he was recently forced to undergo surgery that is expected to keep him sidelined for another six weeks.

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