Finally, the uncertainty surrounding the future of German midfielder Toni Kroos has been resolved. The World Cup winner has sealed a move to the Champions League winners Real Madrid. Has he arrives, another German Sami Khedira could be walking through the doors at the Santiago Bernabeu. The German midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League with two London sides Arsenal and Chelsea touted to be interested.
Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Kroos and are still pushing on with the deal to sign Colombian World Cup sensation James Rodriguez. According to reports, personal terms have been agreed with the former Porto ace with a transfer fee with Monaco what is left to be agreed.
With the arrival of both men, what becomes of Khedira? Could it be that Real are already preparing for life after the German? Seems so. Khedira has just a year left on his current contract and he is stalling over a new deal. Madrid are certainly spoilt for choice in midfield with Alonso, Modric, Kroos, Illaramendi, Isco, Khedira, Di Maria and almost in Rodriguez. Letting go of Khedira makes sense for both financial and serenity reasons. He is demanding for more money to stay and if he is forced to stay, he could be leaving for free next summer. Why allow a player to leave for free next summer when he can fetch at least 20million Pounds this summer?
Also, there is no guarantee he would have ample playing time next season with the huge competition for places. The development taking place at Real Madrid might just be playing into Arsenal’s hands.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for Khedira and should he be declared surplus to requirements, Real Madrid might be selling him on the cheap. Chelsea have been touted as likely contenders with Arsenal for his signature but from all indications, Arsenal are Khedira’s preferred destination no thanks to the presence of larger German contingents and also the assurance of more regular first team football. battle for midfield places at Arsenal doesn’t look as fierce as the one at Stamford Bridge. At Arsenal, he would be battling aging duo of Arteta and Flamini but at Chelsea, there is Matic, Fabregas, Ramires to compete with.
Wenger must have considered all the options available and believes a delayed bid could force Real Madrid’s hand to sell to Arsenal.