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The morning after Germany's World Cup triumph over Argentina, some of the participants were linked with a variety of clubs, but one rumour stood above the others in our eyes.
According to David Kent of the Daily Mail, Germany international Sami Khedira was set to join his Brazil 2014 team-mates Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker at Arsenal.
Kent points out, however, that the reports originally emanated from Spanish newspaper Sport and other media outlets in the country where Khedira plies his trade with Real Madrid.
That fact alone gives this rumour some credence—if only because these are Spanish newspapers with a particular interest in events at the Bernabeu.
However, the sale of the 27-year-old seems to make sense, with Toni Kroos heading toward the Spanish giants this summer, according to the Press Association via The Guardian.
Last summer, Gunners fans were celebrating the club-record arrival of Ozil for £42.5 million, but this potential purchase could prove even more significant.
The north London club arguably might require a more defensive-minded midfielder than Khedira, but his form in the World Cup will be more than enough to suggest that Arsene Wenger has his eye on creating something special before the end of his deal in 2017.
And Wenger has form for altering the positioning of forward-favouring midfielders to a more defensive role, with Mikel Arteta and Emmanuel Petit the most notable examples.
But Khedira's signing makes this such a notable story.
After several years of underachievement and a hurtful lack of silverware, the Gunners ended that run with the FA Cup victory over Hull City in May.
However, the Premier League and Champions League campaigns crumbled after the turn of the year, ostensibly on the back of in-form Aaron Ramsey's injury on Boxing Day, which, subsequently, kept him out for several months.
Wenger looked to his bench and saw...no one. Khedira represents a change in that.
Khedira also has a point to prove after a season in which injury plagued him. He missed the majority of Real Madrid's campaign after suffering a serious ligament tear, but he returned to play in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid—albeit for just the opening period as Carlo Ancelotti chased an equaliser.
His absence from the World Cup final last weekend was a major disappointment after his performance in the semi-final demolition of Brazil.
Khedira possesses strengths in his passing and positioning, while he is also an adept ball-winner in midfield. Throw in his physical presence at set-pieces, and you have to question why Real would sell him.
Arsenal, though, offer a place where Khedira can shine, and his signing would represent a serious message of intent by Wenger.
Believability Meter: High
All the signs are that this deal is imminent—it may even have happened as you read this—and Arsenal fans should relish it.
Where Ozil was a marquee arrival a year ago, Khedira represents an all-round midfield talent riding a wave after his World Cup.
Adding the two together in the Gunners team could prove to be an inspired move by Wenger.