AC Milan have pulled out of the race to sign Sami Khedira from Real Madrid - giving his Premier League suitors including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
The German international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bernabeu ever since the summer. He turned down the offer of a new contract to remain with Madrid which means he could even walk away for nothing in the summer when his contract expires.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been linked with the World Cup winner over the past few months - and it now looks like a straight shootout between the three Premier League clubs.
The problem for Milan is Khedira's sky-high wages; he's believed to be on more than £100,000-per-month and reports over the summer suggest he is looking to land a deal worth £150,000-per-week which is said to have put off his suitors over the summer.
With those sort of figures being bandied about, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says his side can't compete for the midfielder's signature. "Khedira? He would be good but he earns much," he said.
"He is an important player but we do not know if he will renew with Real Madrid or not, and if he does not renew, he is asking for a very high salary."
Neither Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal are likely to struggle to pay his wages, and given that he wouldn't cost a penny in the summer then they may be more willing to meet his demands.
Arsenal appear to have the most need for a midfielder, however they may be in the market for a more defensively minded option. Chelsea look well stocked in the middle of the pitch following the arrival of Cesc Fabregas in the summer but he would certainly be an upgrade on Ramies, while Manchester United were heavily linked with a move for Arturo Vidal over the summer and may view Khedira as a viable alternative.
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