Arsenal have reportedly reignited their interest in midfielder Sami Khedira after Real Madrid lowered their asking price.
According to the Mirror, Arsene Wenger was reluctant to sign the midfielder owing to his injury record and demand for high wages, but with the club reducing the asking price and the player willing to compromise, the Gunners boss seems interested in bringing him to the Emirates.
Arsenal and Chelsea have been monitoring the German international all through the summer window, but were holding back due to the transfer fee demanded by Real.
The north London club are in the market for midfielders and especially following the injury to Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta, Wenger has revealed that he might look to bring in a replacement for the Spaniard, who occupies the holding midfield role for the Gunners.
"We are not against that, no," Wenger said, when quizzed about signing a new midfielder before the transfer window shuts.
The Spanish capital club are resigned to losing the German international, who has rejected a new offer from them and is on the final-year of his contract, and therefore manager Carlo Ancelotti is willing to sell him for a cut price this summer rather than lose him on a free the following year.
"He's not asked to go. He's rejected an offer to renew, but has a year of contract. We'll see what happens," Ancelotti said, as quoted in the Mirror.
Real, who were expecting upwards of £20m for the midfielder are now willing to let him go for a fee in the region of £12m, which has reignited interest from various clubs.
Meanwhile, in a new development, Manchester Evening News reports that Manchester United have now entered the race to sign Khedira and will provide stiff competition for the Gunners in landing the midfielder's signature.
With the moves for primary target Arturo Vidal and Kevin Strootman stalling, it is claimed that the Red Devils are now considering a move for the German international, following the reduction of his earlier valuation.