Arsenal seem to be losing the battle to sign German and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, this is after Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti dismissed the possibility of the 27 year old leaving the Santiago Bernabeu in January. This particular turn of events gives Chelsea an advantage over the pursuit of the midfielder, after reports emerged last week that Jose Mourinho’s side were in the frame to reach a pre contract agreement with the former Stuttgart midfielder.There were indications that Arsenal could have an head start in signing Sami Khedira with a possible £10 million mooted as a fee that would prize the 6ft 2in midfielder away from Madrid, but Carlo Ancelotti is of the view that the European Champions are still holding out on the chance that the player would sign a contract extension, even though he has previously rejected two offers from the Los Blancos hierarchy.
“We have until June to reach an agreement with him. If he wants to sign an extension, the club will renew him. If not, he will leave the team at the end of the season.” the Italian said
This sudden turn of events reduces Arsenal’s chances of signing him at the end of his contract, he is expected to command a huge wage being a free agent, and considering that Arsenal’s move for him in the summer did not materialize due partly to his wage demands, that is expected to rise further being a free agent which would put Arsenal at a disadvantage, and shifts the ball to Chelsea’s court as they would be in a better position to meet the player’s wage.
Chelsea’s link to Sami Khedira stem from Jose Mourinho’s time as Real Madrid manager as both parties still retain an existing relationship, which could well be rekindled if the player runs down his contract as expected.
Although the German World Cup winner has been in the news with various speculations linking him to Arsenal, he has not featured much this season as a result of a knee injury which required surgery. He was an unused substitute in Real Madrid’s 5-0 victory over Levante last weekend in La liga. Speaking of the player’s comeback from injury, Carlo Ancelotti said “Khedira has come back really well, he trained with the squad and he’s ready to play. Of course he’s not in optimal condition after missing the last 40 days, but he’s an important player for us.”
Sami Khedira’s future is looking every bit away from the Santiago Bernabeu, and though Carlo Ancelotti is still clinging to hope that he would sign the contract on offer, the possibility of that happening is slim at best particularly as he would be free to open talks with potential suitors in January ahead of a Bosman in the summer. While Chelsea seem favourite going by this recent development, the pendulum could still swing Arsenal’s way especially with the German contingent at the Emirates.