Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti seemed uninterested in the whereabouts of Arsenal target Sami Khedira as questions were posed on his absence during the Super Cup final.
As Los Blancos were downed 1-0 (2-1 on agg.) by city-rivals Atletico Madrid, the 27-year-old was back in his homeland as speculation over his future mounts.
The German international midfielder’s stay at the Bernabeu outfit seems all-but over as his contract situation has caused both parties to act.
Reports state that Khedira has been offered an extension to his current deal which expires next summer, but following a lengthy silence the deal is said to have been declined.
The additions of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez this summer make Khedira’s positon at the club almost untenable, resulting in strong rumours of move to both Bayern Munich and Arsenal.
The Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a keen admirer of the recent World Cup winner and his team’s lack of defensive midfielders suggest that a deal before the transfer deadline could be in the making.
Whether the former Stuttgart midfielder’s future destination is in North London or at Bayern, what’s certain is that Madrid boss Ancelotti isn’t counting on his services and his reaction to questions posed on his absence could suggest that a move is imminent.
“I gave him permission to leave. I wasn’t interested in knowing where he went.” He said, quoted by the Spanish newspaper AS.
Sami Khedira has reportedly been made available for transfer around £12 million, a bargain price which would certainly fall in line with Arsenal’s summer transfer budget.
His reported £200,000-a-week wage, however, may provide a stumbling block unless the midfielder is willing to take a pay-cut in order to play first team football.