Arsenal have already done a fantastic piece of transfer business early on, signing winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee. Despite this, Arsene Wenger looks to carry on bringing big names to the Emirates the summer as he looks to have changed his approach to the transfer market.
Sami Khedira, 27, is a target for Arsenal, after he reportedly refused a contract extension at Real Madrid. The former Stuttgart midfielder is highly regarded as one of the best midfielders in Spain, because of his ability to win the ball back and cover a lot of ground during the 90 minutes, almost without breaking a sweat.
Khedira's contract runs out in 2015, which means Real Madrid will most likely sell him for a cut-price, should he not sign a new contract.
Why would Khedira be such a good fit for Arsenal? Well, he and his former teammate and fellow German Mesut Ozil have a strong friendship which could be used as bait to convince the midfielder to join the Gunners. The Germans were anchoring the Real Madrid midfield for three years, until Ozil joined Arsenal in 2013.
It is reported that Khedira has shared many phone calls with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in German, about the possibility of the World Cup star moving to the Emirates this summer.
With the stadium debt under control, and a new sponsorship with Puma and Fly Emirates, Arsenal are now in a very good situation financially, and are reading to return to glory, by signing big-names in their prime rather than young players with potential.
Arsenal have also been linked with 25-year-old Lars Bender, who plays for Bayer Leverkusen. He is a more defensive minded midfielder, who sits in front of the defence and makes crucial tackles and interceptions.
According to reports, Arsenal have already submitted a £20+ million offer for Khedira, however, have reached a stumbling block after he demanded wages of £153,000 per week. The midfielder would surely fit in very well with the Gunners, and would make them serious title contenders.
Reports surfaced on Monday morning claiming a deal was just hours from completion. It said a deal had been agreed with the club and the player and just formalities remained.
However, having come from Catalan newspaper Sport, who are not believed to hold any strong contacts with Real Madrid, experienced eyes aren't falling for this rumour.
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