Sami Khedira’s proposed transfer to Arsenal appears to have hit something of a snag amid claims the Real Madrid midfielder has requested an enormous €10 million-per-year in order to complete a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal make offer
As reported by Francisco Jose Delgado, journalist for Cadena SER, Arsenal have made an approach for Khedira, offering €30 million in the hope of securing his acquisition, but the German’s desired salary is posing a problem.
Arsenal are in the market for a midfielder of some repute able to perform an anchor role, and Khedira most certainly fits the bill for Arsene Wenger. However, Khedira’s alleged wage demands could be the death knell for this prospective transfer.
Wenger has shown a willingness to spend significantly when it matters after years of frustrating frugality, as demonstrated last summer with the signing of Mesut Ozil. But despite this relative financial freedom, Wenger could understandably be reluctant to meet Khedira’s excessive request.
It is an extraordinary sum to pay for a player who spends far more time mopping up than he does creating chances but, as Khedira proved so adeptly in Germany’s demolition of Brazil, he is a player of supreme talents.
A transfer coup
His signing would be a coup indeed if Arsenal are able to pull it off and, if Wenger chooses not to pursue a deal, it will be the significant gain of one of his rivals given Madrid’s supposed desire to sell the player.
Arsenal have already been guilty of one explicable miss this summer after Wenger forwent the opportunity to re-sign Cesc Fabregas, instead placing his faith in Mesut Ozil flourishing during his second season in the Premier League.
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Although the failure to land Khedira would not be as perplexing as an abstention in moving for Fabregas, it could be one to add to an every growing list of significant transfer regrets for Wenger.
Khedira could be precisely what Arsenal require in the middle of the park to overcome their issues from last season, issues that prevented a sustained title challenge, and the addition of yet another German influence may finally unlock Ozil’s full potential.