Updates from Friday, Aug. 22
The Daily Mirror writer reports:
Arsene Wenger could go back for Sami Khedira after Real Madrid put him up for sale.
Gunners boss Wenger was interested in the German midfielder earlier in the summer but was put off by his wage demands and his recent poor injury record.
But Real Madrid are now offering Khedira for around £12m because the 27-year-old only has a year left on his contract and is refusing to sign a new deal.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Sami Khedira has rejected a contract offer from Real Madrid.
However, Khedira has not yet requested a transfer amid Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern Munich rumours, per ESPN FC's Nicholas Rigg:
Khedira also rejected a contract renewal but has not asked to leave the club. #realmadrid— Nicholas Rigg (@nicholasrigg) August 21, 2014
Spanish football and B/R UK expert Guillem Balague, meanwhile, explains why Jose Mourinho is hesitant to take Khedira to Chelsea:
Khedira: Mou reluctant 2 enter an auction 'cause he thinks player has a personal deal with Arsenal. His agent denies it. RM want him to go— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 21, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
Bayern Munich are Sami Khedira's preferred destination as the German midfielder looks set to begin a new chapter of his career, per ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney.
Khedira has been strongly linked to Chelsea and Arsenal all summer, but Delaney writes:
Sami Khedira is eager to join Bayern Munich as Real Madrid attempt to offload the Germany midfielder this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.
Sources state Khedira has now instructed his representatives to investigate the possibility of a move to Bayern, with the Bundesliga champions pondering a potential move.
Spanish football writer Sergi Dominguez notes that Cadena COPE reports that Khedira is one of two big Real Madrid stars set to leave:
Cadena COPE say Khedira and Di Maria both will leave Real Madrid this summer.— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) August 19, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 15
Fiorentina are tipped to beat Arsenal and Chelsea to Sami Khedira, because his girlfriend prefers Italy to England.
That's according to La Nazione, which reports the following, per the Daily Star's Alex Harris:
There are three clubs in the chase for Khedira - Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea and Serie A club Fiorentina.
However, there is likely to be a nasty twist for the two English clubs as La Nazione are reporting that the 27-year-old midfielder's partner favours a move to Florence over London.
The Florence-based paper think 26-year-old Lena Gercke, who won Germany's Next Top Model, wants a move to the Italian city over London as it would be more beneficial for her career.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Sami Khedira's immediate future could yet rest in the Premier League as multiple reports claim Real Madrid are open to offloading the German's wages to Arsenal or Chelsea.
Tom Collomosse of the Evening Standard suggests Madrid's overloaded midfield staff will enable the two Premier League clubs to pick up the World Cup winner for cheap:
Madrid do not want to lose the 27-year-old for nothing but nor are they prepared to match his £150,000-a-week wage demands. They are still hopeful Khedira will sign rather than risk spending a season in the stands.
But if Khedira will not budge, sources in Spain suggest Madrid will be prepared to lower their original £24million asking price. And that is likely to alert both Arsenal and Chelsea, who have shown a strong interest in Khedira this summer.
Anthony Chapman of the Express, meanwhile, claims Khedira's Madrid exit is closer than many people think:
Sami Khedira is on the brink of leaving Real Madrid for either Chelsea or Arsenal after Carlo Ancelotti left the 27-year-old out of his UEFA Super Cup squad.
[...] The Germany international has been tipped to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer following the big-money arrivals of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, and Spanish outletMarca claims that Ancelotti's snub for the 2-0 win over Sevilla means that Khedira is free to leave before the end of the transfer window.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Sami Khedira will stay with Real Madrid this season, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed ahead of the European Super Cup final.
Khedira has been linked to Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern Munich, but Ancelotti briefly commented, per the Daily Mail's Neil Ashton:
He’s not leaving, he’s a Real Madrid player. He has a contract until June 30, 2015 and that’s all there is to say.
Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail reported on Sami Khedira's status with Real Madrid:
But Ancelotti has no intention of allowing Khedira, who started the Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in May, to leave.
The Real Madrid coach said: ‘He’s not leaving, he’s a Real Madrid player. He has a contract until June 30, 2015 and that’s all there is to say.'
Updates from Friday, Aug. 8
Arsenal never made an approach for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, according to Spanish football and B/R UK expert Guillem Balague.
Arsene Wenger recently said as much in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Community Shield clash with Manchester City, and Balague added:
Khedira: Arsenal made no offer whatsover to Real. No wage agreement as he is far too expensive. He has no intention (as yet) to reduce wages— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 8, 2014
Sami Khedira is not in talks to join Arsenal or Chelsea, according to the midfielder's agent, suggesting Real Madrid may yet have a chance at holding onto their anchor.
Matt Law of The Telegraph quotes Jorg Neubauer as saying that he has no knowledge of talks being held, dismissing speculation of a Bernabeu exit:
We are not in talks with Arsenal. I don’t think a fee can have been agreed, otherwise I would have been told. When a club have an interest I am sure they will call me and we will speak about things. The same goes for Chelsea.
We are talking to Real Madrid about his contract, but nothing is close to being decided. Sami has just returned from the World Cup and has gone on holiday.
Spanish newspaper Marca (h/t Metro) reported earlier on Wednesday that a £19.8 million bid from the Gunners had been accepted, with the only alleged stumbling block being his £150,000-a-week wage demands.
However, Neubauer's input would appear to have ruled out any such notion, save for a terrific piece of miscommunication between player, agent and club.
Khedira played a part in Germany's spectacular 2014 World Cup triumph but was absent for the final after succumbing to injury while warming up at the Maracana.
BT Sport's Ian Darke believes his acquisition would make Arsene Wenger's side a genuine threat for the Premier League title:
Khedira would be massive addition for Arsenal and could be final piece of jigsaw for title bid.— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) July 16, 2014
The North Londoners will probably attempt to seal more business after confirming Alexis Sanchez as a £35 million purchase from Barcelona, while Chelsea have already brought in Cesc Fabregas and recently added former Atletico Madrid players Diego Costa, according to Express' Anthony Chapman, and Filipe Luis, per Goal's Jay Jaffa.
As Joe Krishnan of The Independent points out, it's been a terrific window of business for the Blues:
Fabregas, Costa and Filipe Luis all in. Luiz, Ba and others out. Probably one of Chelsea's best windows yet and at a net spend of £30m. #CFC— Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) July 16, 2014
For now, it would seem Khedira will stay put, but with just a year left to run on his deal in Madrid, Los Merengues must think about agreeing on an extension, lest they risk losing the German for nothing next year.