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Report: Chelsea chase Sami Khedira, battle Arsenal for German’s signature

Jul 17, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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Two London giants are set to square off to sign Sami Khedira.

On Wednesday Arsenal were believed to be chasing a $30 million deal for Khedira, as the 27-year-old German international looks likely to leave Real Madrid this summer.

[RELATED: Arsenal agree Khedira deal]

According to reports from the Daily Express in England, Chelsea are now in on the act, as Jose Mourinho is set to offload John Obi-Mikel to fund the move for Khedira.

Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are set to battle it out.

The German international is powerful, can play in the holding role or further forward and shone in the World Cup over the summer. His style of play should suit the Premier League superbly, that’s why both Arsenal and Chelsea are desperate to get him on board.

Plus Khedira could arrive on the cheap.

With just one-year on his deal at Real left following his switch from VFB Stuttgart back in 2010, Khedira could arrive for just $30 million. That is incredibly cheap for an international caliber midfielder who would improve both Chelsea and Arsenal’s midfield instantly.

Khedira would be something completely different for the Gunners, as his pace, power and size would compliment the creative flair of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mesut Ozil. Khedira would add a robust core to Arsenal’s midfield, while Chelsea would love to have Khedira shielding the back four to let the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas run free.

The race for Khedira is well and truly on.

  1. fantom21 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Why does Chelsea want him? They have Matic who is the same type of player. Unless Mourinho wants to play Matic and Khedira together. If Arsenal can get him they will have finally filled the void left by Alex Song. Khedira and Arteta with Ozil Ramsey and Walcott/ Sanchez would be a nice midfield.

    • Joe Prince-Wright - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      I think he would slot in perfectly at Arsenal.

      Two reasons why I could see Khedira heading to Chelsea instead.

      1. Money
      2. Mourinho (who he worked with at Real)

      Would love to see Khedira alongside Ramsey and Wilshere in the engine room. They’d compliment one another perfectly.

      • egb234 - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        He would slot in perfectly at Arsenal. Which is why Chelsea is trying to figure out a way to make room for him. When money isn’t an issue, you can do things like buy your rivals’ targets.

    • elgefar - Jul 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      A: He is a brilliant player
      B: To give a massive middle finger to a hated rival
      C: To get an upgrade over the likes of Matic and Mikel.

      It’s simple!

  2. unclemosesgreen - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Khedira and Özil are very very good friends. My sense is that Khedira’s agent is using Chelsea’s interest to secure a top salary at Arsenal.

  3. mattym005 - Jul 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Khedira’s agent already said that he has had no contact with both Arsenal and Chelsea. I still wouldn’t rule out a move away from RM, and while I hope he becomes a Gunner I doubt that Wenger/Kroenke will pay his supposed demands.

  4. mrhyperpants - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Would be nice to see mikel finally sold. He never really turned out to be the type of player everyone expected when he signed for Chelsea instead of Man U. Which then lead to extra money been paid for him to Man U.

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