According reports in Spain, Arsenal have had a bid accepted by Real Madrid for the transfer of midfielder Sami Khedira. This report was also confirmed by Spain based British journalist Graham Hunter.
The 27 year old German international has been strongly linked to Arsenal over the past month. And with just one year left on his current deal with Real Madrid, the European Champions are ready to cash in on him; although, there are reports that his wage demands are proving a stumbling block for Arsenal to do a deal for the German.
Interesting for those of Arsenal persuasion, the events of this summer has been a complete departure from the way the club does it transfer business. In the past, fans have become used to the trolley dash that accompanies the deadline of transfer windows, but with the signing of Alexis Sanchez as well as that of Mathieu Debuchy as well as feelers from the club about ongoing moves for players, it has been a huge improvement from past years.
The merits and importance of signing players early in the transfer window cannot be overstated. It makes it possible for such a player to have a good pre-season with other players which makes seamless adaptation to the playing style of the club easy, as well as giving the opportunity to feel the atmosphere within the club before a season starts in earnest. Aaron Ramsey stated the importance of a good pre-season to a player. Speaking to the official website, he said:
“It’s always important to get a good pre season in you,” Over the years, the players that have missed out on pre season are always playing catch-up when they come back during the season. It definitely helps players to get off to a good start”
The importance of pre-season in the life of a player has been well explained by Aaron Ramsey above. And for a new player coming into a new club it assumes even greater importance because of the change of environment it brings.
As an aside to the signing of Sami Khedira, bringing in him would mean the club will not have to rush him into his debut particularly against the backdrop of his involvement in the World Cup in Brazil. It means the club can bed in him gradually into his role at Arsenal because the club as it is, is well stuck in that area with Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and even Abou Diaby, though they might not be to the taste of many in terms of quality. But the fact they can fill in for any player that would be brought in for that position before the player finally settles is a huge advantage to the club. As such a player will not have to rush into the team particularly if such a player was involved at the just concluded World Cup in Brazil.