Arsenal are ready to turn their attentions towards their next high-profile signing of the summer after all but completing deals to bring in both Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy.
Now, according to the Express, Arsene Wenger is ready to make a move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira to further strengthen ahead of next season. The report claims that the Santiago Bernabeu club are ready to let the 27-year-old leave after wrapping up a deal for his international teammate.
Toni Kroos, say the Express, will join Carlo Ancelotti’s squad from Bayern Munich, where talks over a new contract have failed, once the World Cup is over in a deal worth £20million. This means Khedira is up for sale and Arsenal are ready to offer £24million to secure his services in the summer.
Fans of the Emirates Stadium club will have been excited already at the prospect of seeing Barcelona forward Sanchez close to completing a move, along with France international Debuchy, but the possibility of securing the signature of Khedira will fill them with great hope ahead of the new season.
Especially so since Germany’s annihilation of Brazil on Tuesday night saw them book their place in the 2014 World Cup final. In an extraordinary match the hosts were utterly humiliated by a rampant Mannschaft in Belo Horizonte and the match finished 7-1.
Fans in attendance were in shock at the shambles on show calling themselves the Seleção, but poor defending was ruthlessly exposed by Germany in the win and the two main protagonists in Brazil’s downfall were Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos. The pair were outstanding in harrying the yellow shirts in midfield and breaking with pace onto a hapless defence.
Real Madrid fans were probably looking at the game wondering whether Khedira could not stay and repeat the partnership with Kroos at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, it the latest reports suggest there is no space for them all after Angel di Maria’s successes in a more central role in the latter part of last season.
Growing German contingent
Mesut Özil was also a part of the Germany side that thrashed Brazil and he is likely to be keen to have another international teammate join him at Emirates Stadium. Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski are already at Arsenal, while youngster Serge Gnabry is also looking as though he is ready to step up this season.
Signing Khedira would be a hug statement from Wenger after he has reportedly wrapped up a deal for Barcelona forward Sanchez and it is a sign that the north Londoners are really starting to throw off the financial shackles that kept them unable to spend quite so freely since the move to Emirates Stadium.