Sami Khedira to Arsenal: Khedira's agent confirms they're 'not in talks with Arsenal' as he reveals no offers have been made for Real Madrid midfielder
Khedira is expected to leave Real this summer with Arsenal and Chelsea interested
Sami Khedira’s agent has confirmed that neither Arsenal nor Chelsea have made an approach for the Real Madrid midfielder amid suggestions that the Blues will steal in ahead of the Gunners to land the World Cup winner.
Khedira has just a year remaining on his current contract having rejected a chance to extend it, and with Real facing the prospect of losing him for nothing next season, he is likely to move on this summer unless he can agree a new contract.
His exit looks to have edged closer after Real confirmed the estimated £20m signing of Toni Kroos on Thursday morning, with Khedira’s international team-mate likely to be ahead of him in the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti.
Reports this week claimed that Arsenal had agreed a fee in the region of £20m with Real to negotiate a move, but Khedira’s wage demands were proving to be a stumbling block and were delaying a move to the Emirates, giving Chelsea hope that they can beat their London rivals to his signature. He is believed to be looking for in excess of £180,000-a-week, with the Gunners currently paying Mesut Özil and new addition Alexis Sanchez a reported £130,000-a-week.
Jorg Neubauer, Khedira’s agent, has revealed that there are no talks as of yet with the Gunner, and that he believes a fee is yet to be agreed between the clubs.
“We are not in talks with Arsenal,” Neubauer. “I don’t think a fee can have been agreed, otherwise I would have been told.”
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Neubauer went on to confirm that they remain in talks with the Champions League holders with a view to extending his stay at the Bernabeu.
“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.”
However, Ancelotti’s preference to deploy Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric in the centre of his midfield has seen Khedira struggle for regular first team football of late, while the 27-year-old also suffered injury problems that saw him fall down the pecking order last term.
Sami Khedira is only the 10th player to win the Champions League and World Cup in the same year He remains a favourite of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who worked with Khedira during his three years as Real manager between 2010 and 2013. The Blues have already signed former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas in a £30m deal from Barcelona, and the addition of Khedira would be a significant victory over their London rivals ahead of the new season.
Mourinho has also landed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for £32m, while the club confirmed yesterday that a £20m deal is in place for his former team-mate Filipe Luis to move to Stamford Bridge as the replacement for Ashley Cole.
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