Real Madrid are trying to force Sami Khedira to quit the club, opening the door for a possible move to the Premier League with Arsenal. However, Bayern Munich have now declared their interest in the highly rated midfield star.
Marca reports that the player is well aware he is not in Carlo Ancelotti's plans for the new season, and Madrid are "pressurising" the player to leave by continually omitting him from first-team duties.
Khedira was recently overlooked for both of Madrid's European and Spanish Super Cup matches.
Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC quoted Munich's honorary president, Franz Beckenbauer, speaking about Khedira to Sport Bild: "Khedira fits into every team. He's unbelievably strong at the No. 6 position. Either alongside (Bastian) Schweinsteiger or [Philipp] Lahm. That would be perfect."
Simon Rice of The Independent has speculated that Arsenal is Khedira's most likely destination in light of him being frozen out in the Spanish capital but says the 27-year-old's wages might be a problem for any prospective buyer:
Reports have suggested Real Madrid are keen to cash in on Khedira rather than see the midfielder leave for free when his contract expires next summer. A stumbling block to any proposed switch is the exorbitant wage demands the former Stuttgart player will reportedly command.
Khedira suffered a major injury last season that kept him out of the majority of the Galacticos' campaign, but the player showed signs of a renaissance at the recent World Cup when Germany triumphed in South America.
He appeared five times for his country during the competition, per WhoScored.com, scoring and assisting once for the team.
Despite Arsenal's interest, football presenter and Manchester United fan Adam McKola has suggested the Red Devils should look at Khedira as a viable alternative to Arturo Vidal if the Chile superstar is not available:
If Vidal isn't happening and Real are open to a deal for Khedira and Di Maria, cough up for both of em.— Adam McKola (@AdamMcKola) August 19, 2014
Another Arsenal target, Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic, has now caught the eye of Roma. The Serie A club is looking for potential replacements for Mehdi Benatia.
Enrico Passarella of GianlucaDiMarzio.com says Nastasic's agent will meet with Roma on Wednesday to discuss a potential transfer to Rome.
Khedira has proven this summer that he has fully recovered from his injury woes of last year, and a move to Arsenal would surely suit the player and Arsene Wenger. The Gunners are in need of a midfielder who can control proceedings from deeper, and Khedira is excellent at this.
Wenger still has faith in Jack Wilshere to perform this function, but he simply does not have the class or experience of the German.
Should Arsenal break the bank to sign Sami Khedira?
Khedira would improve any squad, and only a club like Madrid, which possesses an ever-revolving exit door, would think of moving him on. Judging by Beckenbauer's comments, Bayern may now be the front-runners for his signature.
Khedira would make Arsenal major contenders to win the Premier League with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez ahead of him on the park. His purchase would make the Gunners incredibly hard to defeat.