Arsenal talks with Real Madrid star Sami Khedira have stalled after the German international demanded a €9million-a-year contract, according to sources in Spain.
La Sexta journalist Jose Luis Sanchez took to social media site Twitter to claim that negotiations had hit a hitch due to the 27-year-old’s ultimatum, and that Khedira would be staying at the Santiago Bernabeu for another season if Arsene Wenger declined to acquiesce to the demands. For some time now it’s looked likely that the midfielder would be leaving Madrid this summer, and Carlo Ancelotti’s capture of his international team-mate Toni Kroos appeared to all but put the final nail in his coffin.
Could he stay?
However it would appear that Madrid aren’t nearly as desperate to get rid of Khedira as some papers might claim they are, and he could well end up competing for a spot in the Los Blancos midfield next season as a result. Arsenal’s financial restraints have become the stuff of infamy in recent years and, although Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski all call the Emirates Stadium home, Khedira doesn’t look like he’ll move purely for the sake if it.
On the contrary, the indications are that the German has a set of criteria he wants Arsenal to meet if he is to consent to following in the footsteps of Alexis Sanchez in transferring from La Liga, and it includes them paying him a colossal contract.
Having already spent big to secure the services of Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, with deals for Calum Chambers and David Ospina on the verge of being completed, it’s clear Wenger has lofty ambitions this term, but he may draw the line at giving into Khedira’s demands thanks to his principles alone.
The Gunners do have other options with regards to a defensive midfielder potentially coming in, with Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin often named in connection with a move. At the moment Wenger also has Mathieu Flamini who excels in the role, and there’s even been some talk of Jack Wilshere being moved into a deeper position to continue his development.