Arsenal should follow in the footsteps of Tottenham to get Khedira in January

Could Arsenal do the Lewis Holtby tactic in order to get Sami Khedira from Real Madrid early?

Arsenal are being heavily linked with the signature of Sami Khedira once again - with reports already suggesting they have held discussions with his representatives over a move to The Emirates.

There is no hiding the fact that Arsenal could certainly do with his presence. Their midfield has appeared lightweight for much of the season, in fact, for many of the past few seasons.

His contract expires at the end of this current season which has also attracted the interest of several big names. Chelsea and AC Milan have been linked with the player. However Jose Mourinho has rejected the idea of signing his former Real Madrid player and Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has stated that the Rossoneri can not afford his wages.

So how should Arsenal go about getting their man?

Well they could follow the lead of Tottenham Hotspur in how they got hold of a German international last January.

Tottenham were one of several teams keen on signing Lewis Holtby from Schalke 04 - who was also running out of a contract in the coming summer.

They agreed a deal to sign him for free in June, but when they presented Schalke with the chance to make some money off of his sale they snapped Tottenham's hands off.

In the end Spurs got him for an absolute bargain, signing him for just €1.75 million, as Schalke did not want to lose him for free.

Arsenal should do the same.

They can agree a move with Khedira from the 1st iof January, with Real Madrid having no influence in that decision.

They could then be cheeky, as Tottenham were, and ask Real if they could have him early. Real Madrid are at first a football club looking to make a profit - losing him for nothing would not be an option for the Spanish club.

So who knows, they might just end up giving him away for practically nothing six months early.

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