Chelsea are now poised to hijack Arsenal’s move for Sami Khedira, after the player made new demands which promised to cost the Gunners £200,000-a-week, according to the Daily Express.
Earlier on today it was claimed that the German was close to finalising a move to the Emirates Stadium, and that Arsene Wenger had accepted to pay him €10million-a-year in wages. However it’s now believed that Khedira has since told Arsenal that they will have to pay him close to £50,000-a-week more than they had initially agreed upon if they want to land him, throwing the move into doubt.
With Real Madrid having all but completed the signing of compatriot Toni Kroos it’s highly likely the Khedira will still move on. Where though remains a mystery.
Even tried and trusted Spanish sources were reporting earlier on today that Khedira was on the verge of join Wenger’s Arsenal, and that the Frenchman had pipped both Manchester United and Chelsea to his signature. A contract worth around £150,000-a-week, which would make the 27-year-old - valued at €29m - the highest earner in north London, was believed to have been agreed upon by both parties, and the presence of Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski only strengthened the idea that Khedira would consent to becoming the second major signing of the summer, after Alexis Sanchez.
However it’s now thought that the player himself is keen to add an extra £50,000-a-week onto his deal, which Wenger is most likely to be firmly against. With Ozil and Sanchez both only on £130,000-a-week it would comfortably mean that Khedira became the highest earner at Arsenal, and the new demands may well force Wenger to look more closely at the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Lars Bender as potential alternatives.
Chelsea and United boost
The Express claims that the fallout from the Germany international's decision to ask for more could see either Chelsea or United step into the picture, with the Blues in particular being named as possible benefactors. Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer of Khedira’s talents and, whilst he has already got Nemanja Matic to play in the role before his backline, he is looking for another midfielder to complete the trio along with Francesc Fabregas.
As for United, Louis van Gaal has made no secret of the fact that he’s looking to strengthen in the middle of the park given the team’s poor showing last term. Ander Herrera has already been bought in to help aid the creative side of things, but the Spaniard will need a natural ball-winner alongside him if he is to excel.