Arsenal Bid £24m For Chelsea Midfield Target

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Gunners hope to beat Chelsea and Manchester United to the signature of Real Madrid star.

Arsenal have lodged a £24m bid for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, according to The Express.

Khedira, 26, started just 12 La Liga games last season, which was interrupted by injury, and Real are now willing to part with him for the right price.

The Champions League winners have already lined up Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez as potential replacements.

Despite their willingness to sell, Real appear to be in a strong bargaining position when it comes to Khedira, with Chelsea and Manchester United also keen on the former Stuttgart player.

Khedira is currently at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where he and his Germany teammates are preparing to face France in the quarter-finals on Friday.

He has made three appearances at the tournament so far, getting three hours of game time in total.

Arsenal’s bid for Khedira comes after Gunners boss Arsene Wenger rejected the chance to re-sign Spain’s Cesc Fabregas, who went on to join London rivals Chelsea.

Wenger does appear likely to spend significant funds in the transfer market this summer. Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez, who is also wanted by Liverpool, is among his other top targets.

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