Real Madrid fear Sami Khedira digging in his heels this month.
The Daily Star Sunday says Real believe Khedira is ready to run down his contract and join Chelsea next summer for FREE.
That would be a massive blow to Arsenal, who were ready to spend £24million on Khedira this summer but baulked at his £150k-a-week wages.
But it would represent a huge coup for Jose Mourinho, who managed Khedira, 27, at the Bernabeu and is eager to be reunited with him.
The Special One insists Chelsea’s transfer dealings are over this summer but landing the midfielder on a free in 12 months’ time would represent excellent business.
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