Arsenal have been handed a giant boost in their race to sign Sami Khedira in January, with Real Madrid reportedly finding a replacement for the German international, as reported by fichajes.net.
Real have reportedly turned to Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva to replace Khedira, having received glowing reports from former AC Milan player Serginho, who is tasked with scouting players in South America for Milan.
The Gunners have been targeting the World Cup winner since the summer, but failed to conclude a deal for him during the transfer window.
There has since been significant suggestions that the player is set to move to the Emirates when the winter window opens.
This is not guaranteed, however.
Khedira’s contract with the Santiago Bernabeu side is set to expire in the summer, and he could yet wait until his deal is up to reap the additional salary rewards of making a free transfer elsewhere.