Arsenal are believed to be on the hunt for a defensive midfielder and have identified Sami Khedira of Real Madrid as a target.
On the face of it, Khedira looks the perfect fit. He has played for the world’s biggest club for four years, is a regular for the Germany national team and has a ‘winning mentality’.
Khedira has also featured alongside Mesut Ozil at Madrid and is his teammate on the international stage so he could bring out the best of the 25-year-old next season.
The former Stuttgart star is a truly brilliant player. A defensive-minded midfielder, his passing range is laudable and he has the ability to link defence with attack. Oh, he is physical and strong as well.
So you have to ask the question: if he is so good, then why are Madrid willing to – or at least reported to be willing to – sell him?
Last season, Khedira could feature in just 13 La Liga matches because of a long-term injury. Did Madrid miss him? Probably not.
True, one could point out how Carlo Ancelotti’s side stumbled towards the end of the La Liga title race, but they did not lose it because of Khedira’s absence. Los Blancos also won the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, despite his long injury lay-off.
Madrid do not exactly lack midfielders in their squad. Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric are still going strong, while Asier Illarramendi is a long-term solution to their defensive midfield.
Moreover, the 10-time European champions are also reported to be keen on signing Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, meaning that Khedira will be on the substitutes’ bench.
Remember, Madrid also have a certain Isco in their squad - a player whose arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu was the main reason behind Ozil's departure to Arsenal.
So Madrid signed Khedira for (a reported) €12m (£9.5m), got the best out of him in the past four seasons, and with just one year left on the midfielder’s current contract, they will sell him for £25m?
True, Arsenal and Khedira both will benefit from this deal, but it is the Spanish giants who will be the biggest winners if this transfer does go through.
Talk about laughing all the way to the bank...