Arsenal are no longer pursuing a deal for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, reports David Ornstein.
The respected BBC journalist is widely known as the go-to man when it comes to Arsenal new. With close links to the north London club, he never gets it wrong, and he has used those sources to come up trumps once again to extinguish some growing transfer rumours.
No Khedira deal
Ornstein says that there is now no interest from Arsenal in World Cup winning Khedira. Speculation has been rife in the month of July that a deal was close, but it appears talks have now broken down.
Speaking on Twitter, Ornstein said: "Arsenal no longer pursuing Khedira."
The implication of the language used suggests that there was indeed interest from Arsenal in the 27-year-old. Some reports suggested that Arsenal had a bid in the region of £20 million accepted, but that negotiations hit an impasse with regards to personal terms.
Khedira was demanding a basic wage of £150,000-a-week. Such a wage would make him the club's highest ever earner, above the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who both earn £130,000-a-week.
Arsenal still active
The latter of the two high earners joined only two weeks ago in a deal Ornstein claimed to be worth in the region of £35 million. Such a fee would make him Arsenal's second biggest signing ever behind Ozil, but Ornstein suggests there is still plenty left in the coffers for more additions.
Ornstein continued: "[Arsenal] still in market for DMF (defensive midfielder), will sign GK & probably DF (defender) depending on Jenkinson/Vermaelen situations #AFC."
Recent reports seem to suggest that Arsenal's transfer interest lies primarily with William Carvalho. Wenger was said to have bid £24 million for the player, but Sporting Lisbon rejected it as they want all the money up front as opposed to Arsenal's structured deal.
Morgan Schneiderlin and Lars Bender have also been mentioned with regards to the vacant defensive midfield position in north London, but as of yet no deal looks close to completion.
After sealing the signing of Mathieu Debuchy, it appears the next big news to come from the Gunners will be a departure. Both Carl Jenkinson and Thomas Vermaelen have been linked with an exit. Jenkinson looks set to leave on loan while Vermaelen has been linked with a move to rivals Manchester United.
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