Arsenal and Chelsea have been dealt an odd blow in their pursuit of Sami Khedira after the player’s girlfriend pleaded with him to join Fiorentina.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is desperate to sell the Germany midfielder this summer as he faces the prospect of losing him for nothing in a year’s time when his contract expires.
That has alerted both Arsenal and Chelsea although Khedira’s girlfriend, Germany’s Next Top Model winner Lena Gercke, favours to move to Florence where she is based, according to the Daily Star.
Fiorentina are trying to build a side capable of lodging a surprise Serie A title bid next season, and already landed highly rated players last summer in Spanish veteran Joaquin and former Bayern Munich star Mario Gomez.
They are now believed to be targeting Khedira, who could make the move to please his girlfriend of three years Gercke in order for her career to flourish.