Arsenal are said to have completed a deal to bring Real Madrid's Sami Khedira to the Emirates.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, the German midfielder will be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu after agreeing a four-year deal with the north London club.
Khedira, who is in the final year of his contract, only recently rejected a new two-year extension offer from his current employers. Thus, Real are now ready to cash in on the midfielder rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.
The 27-year-old midfielder, who was crowned World Champion with Germany at the just concluded World Cup finals in Brazil, was one of the star performers in coach Joachim Low's side. After having missed almost the entire domestic season through injury, he showed how valuable a player he is during the tournament.
It is claimed that the German international feels that he is no longer loved in Madrid and is not being allowed to express himself as a player on the field. When Jose Mourinho was the Real manager, he was mainly used as a defensive shield for the back four and not allowed to play his natural game, which is more of a box-to-box midfielder's.
Arsene Wenger has always been an admirer of the German midfielder and has been linked to him in the past as well. Khedira feels that Arsenal's style of play will suit him better. The former Stuttgart player's close relationship with Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker will make the transition a smoother one.
However, one stumbling block for Arsenal was the player's wage demand. It is believed that Khedira is expecting to be the highest paid player at Arsenal and will demand a salary in the region of £150,000 a week.
If reports are to be believed, it looks like the Gunners have agreed on the wage demands and handed Khedira a four-year contract to bring him to the Emirates. If he arrives, he will be the sixth German player in Arsenal's first XI, along with Ozil, Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Serge Gnabry and Ethiopian born German youth international Gideon Zelalem.
Blues boss Mourinho was also very keen to bring his former player from the Spanish capital to Stamford Bridge and pair him with Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas in a new-look midfield, but it looks like Arsenal have beaten him to the signature of the much coveted midfielder.