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Arsenal Close In On January Signings

Arsenal are being heavily linked with a January move for German duo Sami Khedira and Julian Draxler.

The saga of Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira going to Arsenal must be getting tiresome for Gunners fans at this stage. The proposed move was one of the most talked about rumours over the summer, but deadline day came and went without any progress.

Now the press are talking about the move as if it is more or less a certainty to go through in the January window. The Star reports that while Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was keen to bring his former charge at the Bernabeu to Stamford Bridge, the player himself wants a move to Arsenal. The midfielder has become a peripheral figure in the Madrid squad following the arrival of compatriot Toni Kroos over the summer and is keen to move on.

He has steadfastly refused to sign a new contract and his current deal expires next summer, leaving Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti desperate to offload him before he can walk out the door on a free. Arsene Wenger can take advantage and secure the World Cup winner’s signature for a bargain basement price of £10 million. Everything seems to be in place for January but unfortunately for Arsenal fans there is a lot of time left for other contenders to emerge.

Schalke’s Julian Draxler is another player who Arsene Wenger is looking at snapping up in the January window, according to the Star. The German wonderkid is an exciting prospect but would not come cheap; the release clause in his contract is set at a hefty £37 million.

Wenger had considered a move for the 20-year-old last January but was put off by the price tag, and with a host of other heavyweights such as Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid it doesn’t look like any discounts will be available this January either.

The rumour is that Wenger might go all out and add another to the German contingent in his squad, Arsenal scouts were spotted at the Bundesliga side’s Champions League clash with Maribor last Tuesday to take a closer a look.

Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.

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