Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal fans cause to breathe a huge sigh of relief, by accepting to pay £8m-a-year in order to land Chelsea and Manchester United target Sami Khedira.
Fears arose that the Frenchman would opt not to sign the German international because of his extortionate wage demands, despite the fact that Real Madrid were reportedly open to letting him go. Khedira wants to become the Gunners' highest earner if he agrees to make a switch to the Emirates Stadium this summer and, though Wenger has previous when it comes to opting out of transfers if the financial demands are over-the-odds, it would appear that the Frenchman will offer him what he wants to make him an Arsenal player.
The Daily Express claims that a contract worth £150,000-a-week will be wafted under the 27-year-old’s nose to convince him to quit the Santiago Bernabeu, as Wenger seeks to build a squad capable of mounting a credible title challenge next season.
Wenger’s transfer plans
Having already virtually agreed a deal for Alexis Sanchez of Barcelona, Wenger has now turned his attentions to ensuring that his defence remains as sound as it was last term. The departure of Bacary Sagna, coupled with the very possible exit of Thomas Vermaelen, will leave a back four which doesn’t ooze experience, and so a player who can patrol the zones in front of the defence will be needed to alleviate the vulnerabilities.
Khedira, it would seem, is the man deemed the perfect candidate, and as such Wenger will pay £24million to push through a transfer. With Madrid looking to raise money to fund their own business ambitions it looks like that will be accepted, and so only personal terms stand in the way of a deal being settled.
With his vast experience at the highest level, and relationships with the likes of Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil, from the outside looking in there aren’t too many troubles to be anticipated should Khedira make the proposed move. He’s an astute tackler and also has excellent skill when on the ball, so should provide the more creative players such as Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey with a license to get forward without having to worry about being exposed on the break.
Reaction from the fans
All in all this looks like it could be an excellent piece of business from Arsenal’s point of view. Though they will be taking a loss in terms of the salary they’d be giving Khedira, they’d be acquiring a top defensive talent who ranks amongst the best in the game at what he does. Surely the fans wouldn’t have much to complain about?