With Sami Khedira confirming his intention to leave Real Madrid in the summer, a number of clubs will be interested in vying for the signature of the German defensive midfielder.
However, with their already large German contingent and with the lack of a strong and imposing holding player, Arsenal could be frontrunners to secure the services of Khedira. This is especially so with Khedira’s former Real Madrid teammate and current national team compatriot Mesut Özil at the club.
With Germany preparing for their upcoming Euro 2016 Qualifier against Georgia, Özil took to Instagram to post a shot of Khedira and himself training in preparation for the match, clearly demonstrating that the two players retain close links with one another.
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger will be hoping that Özil, who is likely to start with Khedira against Georgia, will have encouraged Khedira to follow in his footsteps and leave the Bernabéu for the Emirates.
Khedira, concerning his summer move away from Real Madrid stated in Kicker Magazine however, said that: “There’s no agreement with anyone nor do I have a preference to go anywhere at the moment.”
This will keep the Gunners interested and hopeful that they can persuade the World Cup winner to join them, however Khedira’s statement has also alerted a plethora of other potential suitors such as Manchester United and Bayern Munich who would all be keen to bolster their midfield options.
POTENTIAL INJURY CONCERNS?
One factor that may dissuade Arsenal from signing Khedira though is his seemingly injury prone nature with the midfield enforcer only managing 17 appearances this term for Real Madrid and 18 in Real’s La Decima winning season.
With the Gunners already having a number of holding midfielders who are prone to injuries such as club captain Mikel Arteta and the much maligned Abou Diaby, who looks to be on his way out of the club, Arsenal may see Khedira as too much of a risk.
While Francis Coquelin has provided some admirable performances in a holding midfield role this season, Wenger may consider Khedira as potentially damaging to the development of the Arsenal Youth prospect and may instead choose to rely upon him to grow into the role.
There is no doubt however, that a fully fit Khedira would be a reliable performer for the North London outfit. While Arsenal will face transfer competition in their bid to sign him, it would be a real transfer coup should he choose to ply his trade at the Emirates and he will provide the midfield steel that Arsenal have been desperately in search of.