Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is reportedly ready to leave the Bernabeu.
The Mirror claims the German holding player will try and force a move away from the club this winter, with Arsenal and Chelsea potentially battling for his signature.
Arsenal made a big play for Khedira during the summer transfer window but weren’t able to pull off a deal due to a difference between parties over the player’s wage demands.
Arsene Wenger has always maintained a policy of paying players what he directly thinks they’re worth to ensure the club retains a dose of financial control in negotiations.
Arsenal didn’t bring in a holding midfielder over the summer, with Wenger citing the ability of Calum Chambers and Jack Wilshere, alongside Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, to play in front of the back four as enough.
Chelsea’s apparent interest seems to stem from Jose Mourinho’s relationship with the player during his time in charge of Real Madrid.
However, he showed his hand when he re-signed Nemanja Matic for the Blues from Benfica.
Matic has installed himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League and it’s difficult to see any other player ousting him from his position in the Blues first team.
Khedira’s current contract expires next year, which means for Real Madrid to prevent him leaving the club for free, they’ll have to do a deal to sell him during the January transfer window.