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Arsenal’s hopes of signing Real Madrid’s German midfielder Sami Khedira have been handed a boost with the news that the 27-year-old has turned down a new contract with the Spanish giants.
The claims have been made by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, who go as far as to state that the World Cup finalist is pushing for a move to the Emirates Stadium, where he would join international teammates Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker.
The Daily Mirror believe that the trio are attempting to convince Khedira to make the move from Madrid to London this summer, rather than seeing out the final 12 months of his contract.
A potential stumbling block could be Khedira’s wage demands.The German currently earns £150,000 a week with the Champions League winners, and the Gunners would almost certainly insist on him taking a pay cut in order to fit into their wage structure.
If Khedira does declare his intent to leave Madrid, the Spaniards could be forced into a quick-fire sale to avoid losing the player on a free transfer next summer.
El Confidencial suggest that a new two-year deal is on offer at the Bernabeu but that the midfielder is considering his options.
Khedira has made 144 appearances for Madrid since joining the club from Stuttgart in 2010, and has won domestic titles in both Germany and Spain. He returned from injury to play in the Madrid’s Champions League final victory earlier this year, and scored his fifth German goal in the 7-1 World Cup semi-final victory over Brazil this week.