After winning the World Cup despite an injury keeping him out of the final, Sami Khedira looks to be switching club teams. Real Madrid pulled his jersey from the club store today, showing that a transfer for the midfielder is inevitable. Arsenal and Chelsea of the Premier League have been linked to the German player, but wage demands are slowing the negotiations. Regardless, Khedira seems to be a thing of the past for Real Madrid.
Arsenal were the leading candidate to land Khedira, adding him with the splash signing of Alexis Sanchez. He would have also played with German teammates Mesut Özil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski. However, the Mirror is reporting that the Gunners have been turned off by Khedira’s salary demands. Khedira has turned down a contract with Real Madrid and is looking for about $230,000 per week. That is more than Sanchez and Özil. Arsenal may end their pursuit because of the wage concern, but it seems Khedira would fit in better with the Gunners.
Chelsea are moving in after securing the services of Diego Costa, and they would have no trouble meeting the salary demands. Khedira has always been admired by Jose Mourinho who stated in 2012 that Khedira was the best player at his position in the world. If this move goes through Khedira would join Cesc Fàbregas at Stamford Bridge. However, with the midfield depth that Chelsea have on the roster it would mean someone would have to go.
Khedira looked to be back to full fitness in the quarterfinals of the World Cup before hurting himself in the warm-up ahead of the final. He is a hustling midfielder who likes to keep the ball moving. He played a more attacking style with Germany.
Real Madrid are looking for a transfer fee of about $43 million, and they may get it from Chelsea as Arsenal balk at the price. With his jersey gone from the Real Madrid store, the move should come soon.