Arsene Wenger appears determined to land a defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window, despite his apparent lack of strikers at Arsenal.
Sporting Lisbon youngster William Carvalho has been touted as a potential target, however rumours about Sami Khedira continue to circulate and Spanish football expert Graham Hunter has added fuel to the fire by claiming the German's move to north London could still be on. His wages remain an issue however.
It was previously reported that the German international was seeking wages in the region of £150,000-per-week which Arsenal were unwilling to offer. Part of the reason that Carvalho appears to be such an attractive option is that he is believed to on around £10,000-per-week in Portugal so would cost significantly less.
His wages, plus his £24 million transfer fee, would put the total cost of the deal for Arsenal at £50 million. Hunter says a move to Arsenal is still possible, but added that as it stands that all avenues are open.
He said: “My understanding is he is not desperate to leave, but he will do so unless they meet his terms. Otherwise he will sit out his year and get a bumper pay pack and move for free next summer. The deal was done between Arsenal and Madrid, but Arsenal did not fancy the wages Khedira wanted.
“So he is in the status where he is wanted, where he is training and where there is a place for him. The market hasn’t closed and so it is not possible to say that Khedira will be a Real Madrid player at the beginning of the season.”
Arsenal transfer news
Arsenal are at the front of the queue to sign Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund. The German has been attracting interest from Manchester United and Liverpool (Daily Mail)
Thomas Vermaelen appears to be edging closer to joining Manchester United, who are lining up a £15 million bid for the Belgian (Daily Mail)
Arsenal could be eyeing up a move for Liverpool's Daniel Agger to replace Vermaelen (the Independent)
Real Madrid are keen to offload Sami Khedira to either Arsenal or Chelsea (the Independent)