Arsenal’ transfer this summer has gone relatively smoothly in respect of the signings that have been made this month. Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers have arrived without much haggling over the transfer process and speculations that brought them to the club. However, one transfer that has dominated inches in the media is that of Sami Khedira. The German midfielder was initially poised to join Arsenal few weeks ago, but his wage demands was thought to have put back any deal.
Prior to the World Cup, there were strong indications that he was on his way to the Emirates, a point that was reported by Madrid Sports daily, Marca that a £19.5 million was agreed between Real Madrid and Arsenal. But all relating to the transfer has stalled.
With the previous turn of event on Sami Khedira’s wage demands which tops £150,000, but has reportedly being reduced to £135,000 a week. There are now reports that with the Real Madrid midfielder’s compromise, Arsenal are considering re launching a transfer of the midfielder. Yet it is still unclear whether the club would seek to bid their time in respect of this particular transfer as they weigh their options.
What could have informed this change?
Sami Khedira has just one year left on his contract, and the European champions have not showed any strong desire to renew it. And with the business they have done this summer, it means the German might struggle to break into the team in the coming season. James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos have come into the Real Madrid set up, and last season, Carlo Ancelotti preferred Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso to Sami Khedira, but the German’s long term injury reduced his playing time last season which meant that the Croat and Spaniard could establish an interrupted partnership. Yet with Isco and Asier Illarramedi still in the equation in Real Madrid’s midfielder, Sami Khedira’s position presently looks precarious.
As Arsenal look to bring in the much anticipated holding midfielder, the speculation linking Sami Khedira to Arsenal will continue for a while, with the needs of the club obvious to all. Arsene Wenger’s rather labyrinth way of approaching transfer deals would continue to keep many people guessing until something comes off out of the various rumours linking different holding midfielders to the club including Sami Khedira. But what is clear is that there is a strong commitment on the part of the club to address the issues of the holding midfield that has set the club back in previous seasons.