Arsenal Agrees £19.8m Fee For Khedira, Higuain Saga Mark II?

The transfer wheels involving Sami Khedira has swung in different directions over the past few weeks. According to the new reports, Arsenal has supposedly agreed a fee in the region of £19.8 million for the German midfielder. The same report was quick to point out that personal terms will still have to be trashed out by both parties.

The noises involving this particular transfer have rumbled on for what seem like an eternity, from a fee being agreed, to agent denial and personal terms being a stumbling block. It all smacks of a replay of the Gonzalo Higuian saga of last summer where the same scenario played out, yet nothing concrete came out.

Due to the nature of the chameleon-equal nature in which the speculations have played out, it looks very likely that the transfer might not develop further than it is now. The Spanish press are notoriously open with their transfer dealings, and despite the fact that Marca has reported that a fee has been agreed, it has not gone any way to change the direction in which the transfer has progressed, as it is still largely stuck in reverse after the dismissal of the report by Sami Khedira’s agent.

The nature of the unfolding rumours that have failed to develop beyond the level it is now means those of Arsenal persuasion would have to take in a heavy dose of caution in respect of these stories.

Over the years the failure of certain transfers to develop beyond such as it concerns Arsenal has revealed that the principal rumours are most times a decoy by the club to work on other transfers. Apart from that angle, the German is gradually assuming a brittle personality following his injury nightmare of last season which has not completely been resolved with the few niggles he still suffers from particularly the calf injury that ruled him out of the World Cup final.

Going back to the decoy stated earlier, Arsene Wenger could decide to opt for another player in that holding midfield position after all, while the press goes to town on a daily basis on the former Stuttgart player. The fact that Lars Bender was his first choice all along for that position and he was the subject of a £19 million bid that was rejected by Bayer Leverkusen last summer, reveals that they might be something brewing elsewhere that does not necessarily involve Sami Khedira whose transfer rumours seem to be going round in circles without ever threatening to breakout to be something concrete.