Report: World Cup winner Sami Khedira to close Arsenal deal this week

Sami Khedira

Reports in Spain suggest that Real Madrid will sell Germany star Sami Khedira this week in transfer news that will affect Premier League side Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger will re-enter the transfer market this week in order to complete the signing of Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, a player seemingly undervalued by Los Blancos and a man who "always liked Arsenal" and who has "a good relationship with Mesut Ozil".

That is according to Sport, a Spanish journal who have published the headline: "Khedira sold to Arsenal".

Such a move will buoy the Gunners even further, having already ratified the marquee recruitment of Barcelona and Chile sensation Alexis Sanchez, who recently wowed international crowds at the World Cup.

Khedira, too, was a vital part of his own nation - Germany's - success at the tournament in Brazil yet was cruelly omitted from the Final starting line-up as he pulled out with injury.

"Khedira and Arsenal have reached a final agreement and [the player] will be signed [by the Gunners] in the coming hours," write Sport.

"The German midfielder will leave Real Madrid, where he did not feel valued, [after his] refusal to extend his contract beyond June 30, 2015."

The report goes on to claim that the catalyst for Khedira feeling undervalued by Los Blancos was down to perpetual criticism in his performances - a stark contrast to how he is received at an international level because, under Joachim Low, he "has shown his repertoire, covering a lot of the pitch and exploiting a powerful shot selection."

At Real, it seems, his natural playing style was inhibited so a backlash was inevitable.

As Khedira has long been noted for his apparent availability, the player has not been short on admirers with Arsenal just one of a number of clubs including Chelsea who covet his signature.

The Blues were linked with hijacking Arsenal's bid over the weekend and Jose Mourinho's presence at Stamford Bridge was regarded to be a unique selling point as the Portuguese coached Khedira during his Estadio Santiago Bernabeu tenure.

That link matters not to Sami, though.

"Khedira always liked Arsenal as the midfielder knew firsthand the technical [aspect of players] Arsene Wenger yearned for [from] his signings," write Sport, who also imply that Ozil may have convinced his international team-mate to join him at the Emirates Stadium.

While the contract is not yet complete, it is believed to be a four year deal worth £150,000 per week.

The transfer will cost arsenal £23.04 million.

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