"There is a chance of [Sami] Khedira [transferring to a club] in the Premier League," asserted Graham Hunter - who wrote Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World - when on talkSPORT this morning.
The defensive-minded midfielder should have his pick of suitors in world football as he is, after all, a reigning Champions League winner and also a World Champion thanks to his exploits with Germany in the World Cup earlier in the summer.
However, Khedira has wage demands that are not being met by Real Madrid and while Arsenal and Chelsea both have reported interest in the player, the former may have ruled themselves out after having baulked at even his reduced expectancy of £135,000 per week from £150,000 per week.
"Carlo Ancelotti likes him, wants him and wants to make it absolutely clear that he prefers to have him but Khedira is in legitimate position where his absence last season was notable," said Hunter. "He was part of a World Cup winning side and he has one year left on his contract. He wants a significant salary change. And, at the moment, Real Madrid are unwilling to give this to him."
Recently, German media cited Spanish publications who believed that Real Madrid should issue Khedira an ultimatum over his apparent move to one of either Arsenal or Chelsea. That is: either leave Los Blancos, or spend the rest of the season on the bench.
"He knows right now he's in the bargaining seat," countered Hunter. "Really, that's all that is going on. My understanding is that he's not desperate to leave but he will do so unless his terms are met.
"He either leaves now, or sees out his contract.
"Arsenal didn't fancy paying him the wages he wanted. The market hasn't closed and so it is not not possible to say he'll definitely be a Real Madrid player at the remainder of the season."