According to reports, Arsenal are aiming to reach a pre contract agreement with Sami Khedira in January ahead of signing the German on a free transfer next summer. The 27 year old Real Madrid midfielder’s contract expires next summer, and he can open talks with any club in January ahead of a potential move next summer.
The German international was on the verge of leaving the European champions in the summer after he turned down a contract extension. He ended up staying in Madrid after all.
The Real Madrid midfielder was close to joining Arsenal in the summer, but an agreement could not be reached for him to join Arsene Wenger’s side.
Arsenal are not the only side looking to pick him up when his contract runs out, Chelsea are reportedly still interested in signing the World Cup winner, as Jose Mourinho is said to be an admirer of the midfielder’s qualities having worked with him during his time as manager of Real Madrid for three seasons. Both London clubs are expected to vie for his signature when his contract runs out with the European Champions next year.
Sami Khedira has endured an indifferent last twelve months after he missed much of last season as a result of a knee ligament injury suffered during the international break with Germany last November. He was in a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in Brazil, but he ended up being fit enough to play a part in Germany fourth World Cup win in South America. Although he missed the finals at the Maracana after suffering a calf injury in the warm up before the match.
He is still currently injured after having an exploratory surgery on his left knee that would keep him out for two months.
The former Stuttgart midfielder has enjoyed a trophy laden four years since he joined Real Madrid in 2010 winning the Copa Del Rey, La Liga title and the Champions League title last season in Lisbon where he played an hour.
Arsene Wenger would be looking to add some physicality to his midfield when the transfer window reopens in the coming months. The German international stands at 6ft 2in. He has the height and physique to add steel to the Gunners midfield. With him available on a free transfer except some dramatic turn of events see him extend his contract with Real Madrid, Arsenal would at least be in the hat to sign him when his contract expires next summer.