Chelsea ready to beat Arsenal to star freebie

Chelsea are plotting to beat Arsenal to the signature of Sami Khedira by offering the midfielder a pre-contract deal in January, according to reports from the London Evening Standard.

The German World Cup winner is currently in the last year of his stay at Real Madrid, and is expected to leave the club despite talk of their desire to tie him down for the long-term.

Arsenal have been mooted as Khedira’s most likely destination, with rumours having suggested that Arsene Wenger is ready to revive summer interest in the 27-year-old when the transfer window opens again next year.

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However Jose Mourinho is ready to beat the Gunners to the midfielder with a pre-contract offer.

Clubs are free to discuss a Bosman move with the former Stuttgart ace when his deal enters its final six months, and the Blues’ Portuguese boss is known to be a massive fan of the player he signed while at the Bernabeu in 2010.

Real are looking increasingly willing to offload their man, with speculation suggesting that a deal for Brazilian ace Lucas Silva to become his replacement is being lined up.