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Sami Khedira to Arsenal: Real Madrid 'keen to offload' midfielder for reduced fee with risk of losing him for free next season

Khedira is in the final year of his contract and could be forced out of the club in order for Real to make some money from his departure

Arsenal could be offered the chance to sign Sami Khedira on the cheap as Real Madrid are believed to be looking to sell the midfielder sooner rather than later in order to avoid losing him on a free transfer next summer.

The World Cup winner is entering the final year of his five-year contract he signed in 2010 when he joined the Spanish club, and with manager Carlo Ancelotti preferring the combination of Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric in the centre of the park, Khedira looks to be on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu.

With Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez already joining Ancelotti’s side this summer, the number of first team chances Khedira would receive appears to be even less than his 13 La Liga appearances last season.

The Gunners have been linked with a £24m move for the Germany international, and with Chelsea appearing to be done and dusted with their summer business, the Emirates seems to be the most likely destination for the 27-year-old should he leave the Champions League winners.


However, talk of a move quietened due to Khedira’s wage demands, as the midfielder was reportedly seeking in excess of £150,000-a-week - £20,000 more than both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil.

Khedira is believed to have lowered his demands though, and a wage similar to that earned by the Gunners two biggest ever transfers appears to be the pipeline should Arsene Wenger follow up his interest in Khedira.

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Real are keen on letting him leave the club even though his impressive performances in Brazil helped Germany to their first World Cup triumph in 24 years. Having already rejected a contract extension, the La Liga side are reportedly ready to cut their losses and allow him to move, but first they must find a club that is able to negotiate a deal to take on Khedira and his hefty salary.