Arsenal, Liverpool and United dealt HUGE blow in pursuit of World Cup winner

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of World Cup winner, Sami Khedira, as the Express are reporting he has opened contract talks with Bundesliga side Schalke 04.

Khedira has long been reported to be on the way out of Real Madrid when his contract expires this summer and has been a target for some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

But according to the Express, he has opened talks with Bundesliga outfit, Schalke ahead of a possible move back to his homeland.

Khedira’s midfield anchoring abilities are on par with some of the best in Europe and he would be a great asset for any club chasing his services.

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The World Cup winner has made 161 appearances for Madrid, but after an injury-hit season it is looking likely that he will be plying his trade somewhere else next campaign, as a new offer is not set to be put on the table.

The 28-year-old German star is hitting the peak of his career and his next club could be decided sooner rather than later.

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New York Red Bulls on high alert as DP target released from contract

New York Red Bulls have been handed a boost as Kevin-Prince Boateng has been released from his Schalke 04 contract with ‘immediate effect’, despite having a year left to run on his deal, but the Red Bulls will need to act fast.

Boateng, along with Sidney Sam, both have felt the consequences of a below-par season as they both were released following a 2-0 loss against Cologne at the weekend.

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt described the release as a ‘consequence’ and went on to say: “If a player is not willing to do what we ask, then he will not be at the next training session.”

The Red Bulls, who picked up a 2-1 win against New York City FC on Sunday night, are free to approach the Ghanaian international as he is now unattached.

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Reports resurfaced linking Boateng with a move to Major League Soccer on Friday, with the Red Bulls believed to have placed a discovery claim of the playmaker, meaning they would have priority in signing him if he does move stateside.

They will face competition for Boateng’s signature however, as he is also being linked with a move to Turkish side Galatasaray.

The MLS transfer window shuts on Tuesday and won’t reopen until July 8 so there is a possibility that the Red Bulls will make a move for Boateng in the next 24 hours.

Boateng would provide another asset to an already strong Red Bulls side that has flourished so far in 2015, losing just once.

And with two spare designated player spots open, the Red Bulls are the favourites for the former Spurs and AC Milan man’s signature.

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Arsenal, Man United & Chelsea face tough battle for Real Madrid star

Germany World Cup winner and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has finally confirmed he will leave Los Blancos at the end of the season after five years in the Spanish capital.

The defensive midfielder has been restricted to just 11 appearances this season due to injuries that have troubled him since November 2013. He returned towards the end of last season to play a part in Madrid’s tenth European title (La Decima) and his country’s World Cup triumph in Brazil.

It’s no secret Real have tried to tie him down to a new contract but Khedira has rejected the contract offers and in December he said, “if we can reach a solution, I’ll be very happy.” But now it seems Khedira is all but gone from Madrid.

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“I will give everything for this shirt until the last day of my contract, there should be no doubt about that. 

“It’s not a decision against Real Madrid. I want to find new challenges for my career and continue to grow as a player,” Khedira told Spanish newspaper Marca.

The German has lost his place in the Real Madrid starting lineup with Carlo Ancelotti preferring Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in the heart of the midfield.

The news is sure to alert a whole host of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. The Gunners have been known to be huge admirers of the in-demand midfielder and his best friend Mesut Ozil plays at the Emirates.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho brought Khedira to Real Madrid in 2010 and would love to be reunited with him.

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The former Stuttgart man has also been linked with a move back to his homeland with interest from Bundesliga clubs Bayern Munich, Schalke and Wolfsburg. But Khedira says he is yet to reach a deal with anyone over his future.

“I don’t have an agreement with any club nor any preferences as to who I would like to join,” Khedira told Kicker.

If Khedira is to leave this summer, it would surely be one of the biggest bosman transfers in recent years.

Kevin-Prince Boateng’s fiancee hints Ghana star could move to MLS next year

The fiancee of Ghana star Kevin-Prince Boateng has hinted that the out of favour Schalke man could make the move to Major League Soccer when his contract expires.

Boateng has struggled to find a regular starting role in the Schalke side so far this season, playing in just seven of the Bundesliga side’s 12 league games.

And he is believed to looking at other options despite having more than a year remaining on his current contract.

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The 27-year-old playmaker has moved clubs six times in seven years, playing in England, Germany and Italy but could be heading to the US to join MLS if his fiancee Melissa Satta is to be believed.

“He is still playing for many years. In the future we will probably move again. Maybe Kevin will play in the MLS,” she said.

If Boateng were to move at the end of his current deal he could be one of the first signings for either Atlanta or Los Angeles Football Club as the two expansion sides are set to enter MLS in 2017.

The dynamic midfielder is undoubtedly talented, and it is intriguing to see a player in the prime of his career being linked with a switch to America.

And although it is unlikely we’ll see Boateng playing in MLS anytime soon, it is certainly something to keep a close eye on going forward.

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