Boost for Arsenal as major rivals pull out of Sami Khedira running

Sami Khedira

AC Milan will not be pursuing a move for Sami Khedira as the midfielder is too expensive.

Arsenal are once again being linked with a move for defensive midfielder Sami Khedira. Throughout the summer the German international was linked with a move to Arsenal after an injury ravaged season with Real Madrid.

On top of that Carlo Ancelotti is not a big fan of the player and they signed fellow German Toni Kroos this summer.

Khedira helped his country win the World Cup this summer but with his contract expiring in the summer it is believed that Arsenal are ready to make a move for the player in January, with the hope Real Madrid decide to cash in on the player before he leaves the club for nothing in the summer.

But a player of this calibre, at such a low price, will always attract big name clubs to his signature.

Therefore Arsenal have a fight on their hands to sign the German - with the likes of Chelsea and AC Milan said to be keen.

But Arsenal have been given a boost in their move for the player after one interested party ruled themselves out of the running for the player.

AC Milan are on a strict budget these days, and CEO Adriano Galliani has made it clear that they will not be able to afford the lucrative wages Khedira would demand.

He told Tuttomercatoweb:

"He is a great player who I personally like a great deal. However, his wage demands are so high that they will impede his arrival at Milan.”

Chelsea's interest has always seemed to be circumstantial while Arsenal are in dire need of a more physical presence in the heart of midfield, as well as an experienced head.

Now that one of their main rivals have effectively pulled out of a move for Khedira - it leaves Arsenal as the overwhelming favourites to sign this impressive World Cup winner.

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