Spanish paper claims Arsenal agree fee for Madrid's Khedira

Arsenal have supposedly reached an agreement to sign one of the World Cup’s star performers.

Arsenal have agreed a fee for the transfer of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, according to Marca.

The deal, which is now thought to be in excess of £20 million, appeared to take an initial stumbling block due to Khedira’s wage demands of a reported £150,000-a-week.

But a deal now seems to be in place for the German midfielder, who will not come cheaply considering he only has one year remaining on his contract at the Bernabéu. The threat of Chelsea hijacking the deal, remains possible however, with Jose Mourinho a keen admirer of his former player.

Khedira, should he join Arsenal, will be hot off the back of a World Cup triumph with Germany. The 27-year-old pulled out of the final in the pre-match warm up against Argentina, but played a starring role in their 7-1 demolition of Brazil last week.

The holding midfielder could join a host of German talent at the Emirates, with international team-mates Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker all likely to have influenced Khedira’s decision.

Just last week it appeared the former Stuttgart player would be staying with the European Champions following reports that the Spanish giants had approached Khedira for a new contract. But now it seems as if he will become the third instalment behind Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in Arsenal’s revived major transfer activity.

The Gunners, should the Khedira deal transpire, now look spoilt for choice with regard to their midfield options. In addition to Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Flamini, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Thomas Rosicky and wide man Theo Walcott, Khedira would join a squad rich in midfield depth.

Arsneal now need to complete personal terms with Khedira, but after being notoriously efficient with their wage structure in recent years, may have to break the bank to secure their man.

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