Sami Khedira will reportedly cancel his contract with Juventus in order to facilitate a move to Arsenal to reports from Italy.
Arsenal were no sooner linked with a move for Sami Khedira when the player popped up in London for the Emirates Cup.
While many dismissed Khedira’s appearance on Sunday as just someone coming to visit his good friend, Mesut Ozil, those same people chose to ignore the fact he was in the director’s box, not Ozil’s.
Regardless of what that meant, within 24 hours of the game there were reports that Arsenal had offered him a two-year contract worth €4m-a-year, some €2m less than he currently earns in Italy.
Now, there are claims he will terminate his contract with the Old Lady in order to facilitate a move to another club, perhaps one that has no money left to spend on players because they spent it all on Nicolas Pepe.
One thing is outstanding, TMW understand, and that is a severance payment Khedira feels he’s owed before he can ‘close with the London club’.
Arsenal apparently intend to ship Mohamed Elneny out this summer and I can only think the hierarchy see Khedira as a decent, and affordable, replacement.
The 32-year-old only played 10 times last season in Serie A, largely due to injury, but Elneny only featured eight times for Arsenal in the Premier League. In fact, across all competitions they both played 17 games with the Egyptian just about shading things in terms of minutes with 1,013 to the German’s 977.
There is no indication in reports at present just how Khedira will cancel his contract with Juventus but it seems they are keen to get him off their books.
An agreement, therefore, shouldn’t be too hard to find.