Arsenal Transfer News: Latest on Gunners' Pursuit of Sami Khedira

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2014

Germany's Sami Khedira points at the trophy after winning the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Pool)
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Arsenal appear to be closing in on Sami Khedira with the north London club hoping to secure his signature this week.

Simon Johnson of The Standard writes that Arsene Wenger has launched a £23.8 million bid for the Real Madrid midfielder in a deal that would be worth £152,000 a week to the player.  

Johnson says:

Khedira’s destination should become clearer after tomorrow [Tuesday], when he returns to Berlin with the rest of the Germany squad and the World Cup trophy will be presented in front of more than 500,000 fans. He is due to go on a three-week break after the  celebrations but will be keen to resolve his future first.

Standard Sport revealed earlier this month that Arsenal had made a £23.8m bid for Khedira, 27, who wants to leave Real Madrid.

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Khedira suffered a serious injury last season and he was absent for much of the Galacticos' Champions League-winning campaign.

But the player did manage to get 13 La Liga matches under his belt for the season, per, and found his way into Joachim Low's World Cup squad.

And the move proved to be fruitful as Khedira had a strong campaign for the new world champions with the player being robbed of a first-team berth in the final due to an injury in the warm-up.

Khedira will now almost definitely exit the Spanish capital after Madrid's £20 million pursuit of his German team-mate Toni Kroos, per Johnson, leaving the player unsettled at the club.

But Bleacher Report's Guillem Balague recently suggested that Los Blancos would try to hold on to the midfielder.

He tweeted:

Chelsea had also planned to capture Khedira and partner him in their midfield with Cesc Fabregas, per John Cross and Darren Lewis of The Mirror.

Both reported that Jose Mourinho would try to hijack any move for Khedira, with Wenger planning a move for Lars Bender should the deal collapse.

But The Guardian's David Conn criticised English clubs' chase of players like Khedira. 

He tweeted:

However, it seems that Khedira is poised to become a Gunner with his wages making him the highest- paid player at the Emirates, per Cross and Lewis. It is a huge outlay for Arsenal on a player who has been sidelined with so many injury issues, but Khedira's class is undoubted.

He could prove to be an even more important signing than record buy Mesut Ozil and he is the dominant central midfielder that Wenger's team have missed for years. It is true that English clubs need to develop their own talent but Arsenal need a world-class midfielder and Khedira fits the bill perfectly. 

His signing would be a statement of intent by Wenger and be a huge boost to their title-winning aspirations for the coming season.