Arsenal have decided to pursue a deal for Sporting Lisbon ace William Carvalho over Sami Khedira because of the money they will save in wages, according to the Daily Mail.
The Gunners look short of players who can perform defensively-minded roles in the middle of the park, with only Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini able to operate there currently.
Flamini performed admirably after returning to Arsenal last year on a free transfer but isn't a long-term solution to the problem, and although Arteta appears to a be a favourite of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger he has come in for criticism for his inability to add some much-needed steel to the Gunners' midfield.
It was suggested earlier this summer than Wenger had drawn up a short-list of potential transfer options which included the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Lars Bender. However World Cup-winning German ace Sami Khedira quickly emerged as the favourite to arrive at the Emirates Stadium, with Real Madrid reportedly ready to sell up.
However it was claimed that the midfielder's £150,000-per-week wage demands were enough to put Arsenal off, and now they have their sights set on Carvalho, who is available for about £24 million from Sporting Lisbon.
The Daily Mail say that one of the most attractive aspects of signing the Manchester United target for Arsenal is that he currently earns around £10,000-per-week. Even if his agent is able to negotiate a sizeable pay rise in order to complete the transfer, he would still cost the Gunners significantly less than if they snapped up Khedira for a similar transfer fee.
Manchester United blow
The news of Arsenal's interest in Carvalho will come as a blow to Manchester United, who tracked him throughout David Moyes' time in charge at Old Trafford.
However new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has seemingly set his sights on landing Juventus man Arturo Vidal in order to bolster his midfield over Carvalho.
Arsenal have already completed the majority of their business in the transfer window having signed the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina.
The Arsenal faithful would like for Wenger to sign a striker in order to offer support to Olivier Giroud, however he laughed off reports that a move for Italian ace Mario Balotelli could be on the cards.
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