Sami Khedira is despairing, say Spanish newspaper Sport. The German midfielder faces a year as a bit part player, at best, if he remains at Real Madrid, explain the newspaper. He's overplayed his hand as far as wages are concerned and so far scared off several clubs, among them Arsenal, from making an official bid.
Sport say interest from Arsenal and Chelsea has been around but Khedira overstated his own value and wanted too much in wages. It's said that Arsenal and their London rivals could be waiting until the last minute to make a move and therefore see the player's transfer fee and wage demands drop. It makes sense.
Madrid based newspaper AS say on Friday that there's new interest, this time from Fiorentina. They say Arsenal was Khedira's choice but they haven't made a firm offer yet, the Fiorentina interest could push them to do so - especially at the amounts covered. AS claim Fiorentina think €3.5m after tax would be enough for Khedira, which is less than the earlier demands. The newspaper also say that a transfer fee could be brought down to €10m because Real Madrid will be wary of losing the player for nothing.
Khedira is being encouraged out of the club, according to both newspapers, after declining several offers of a contract renewal. He wasn't included in the squad to face Sevilla in Cardiff, whereas fellow 'misfit' Angel Di Maria was - but he got boos from the Madrid fans when his face appeared on the big screen.
Toni Kroos had a good game for Real Madrid and along with Luka Modric, Xabi Alonso and Asier Illarramendi, it's difficult to see where Khedira fits in.
€10m fee and €3.5m wages (admittedly after tax)? Arsenal should be doing this deal before Fiorentina, and then laughing all the way to the bank.