The summer transfer window is still largely in its infancy and those affiliated to Arsenal are largely in buoyant mood following the signing of Alexis Sanchez. Going by fillers from within the club, there is still work going on that will see key areas of the squad improved. One of that area of the squad that has been in need of surgery over the years is the defensive midfield. And following the different speculations in the press, there is further good news from the side of a player that has constantly been linked to the club in that position.
He is Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. According to reports, he has rejected a two year contract extension from the Madrid hierarchy which could pave his way out of Madrid. He has just one year left on his contract and attempt is being made to see that his contract is extended.
With just one year left, Real Madrid could be forced to cash in on him so as to avoid losing him for free in a years’ time. And with report of Arsenal’s interest in the player, it only means he can come on a cheaper transfer fee than would have been normally obtainable had his contract been longer.
Although, it must be said that players turning down new contracts does not always amount to leaving their parent contract. It could be that such a player might be keeping his options open. In the case of Xabi Alonso also of Real Madrid, he was into the last 6 months of his contract before he signed a 2 year extension earlier in the year. Before that time he was constantly linked away from Madrid.
With the constant link of Sami Khedira to Arsenal, and the fact he has just one year left in his contract, a lot has been made of the news that he has rejected a new contract. Especially against the backdrop that Arsenal can sign him on the cheap. With a reported £150,000 a week in his current contract in Madrid, it means he would need to take a pay cut to come to Arsenal, as he will be the highest earner at the club with that kind of figure. With reports claiming that his weekly wages could be a stumbling block to any deal being wrapped up.
However, whatever represent cheap could be subjective. With just one year left on his contract, his transfer fee could still be high, in the £24 million range and with his wages; it would still represent an expensive deal for the club as he would be one of the highest earners at the club if he is eventually signed.
In the end, time will inevitably show what direction Arsenal’s transfer window ends, as it is shaping up to be an interesting summer at the Emirates even before pre-season matches kicks off.