Arsenal seems to have won the race to sign Real Madrid’s German midfielder Sami Khedira. After Arsenal signalled their interest in Khedira, the German fuelled the rumour of a desire to move by rejecting Real Madrid’s offer of a new deal. That was an obvious hint that he wanted to leave since his contract has just a year to run and no club would want to lose such a top player for free in a year when they could get decent fee for him this summer.
With Madrid showing a positive body language with regards to Khedira’s likely sale, Chelsea joined the race to sign him. Mourinho has a knack for been Oliver Twist, despite signing Fabregas, he still wants Khedira. Mourinho’s antecedent’s show, that he might want to land Khedira not because Chelsea needs him, but just to stop Arsenal from landing him. He bought Wright Philips to prevent Arsenal from buying him; he also prevented Ba from joining Arsenal on loan because he feared he would aid Arsenal’s title challenge last season.
The latest report has it that Arsenal has agreed a fee with Real Madrid for Khedira. This simply implies that the Gunners have beaten their London rivals to the German’s signature. This is certainly good news for Arsenal. Signing a player is good but when you beat your rivals to sign the player, it brings a better feeling. Now, Arsenal seems to have the financial muscle to compete with top clubs for top players. This is a sharp detour from what existed in the past. Arsenal couldn’t go head to head with other top clubs for top players. It was a case of Arsenal allowing the other top clubs to finish their activities in the transfer market before they make their entry, scrambling for the leftover but now, Arsenal can actually slug it out with the top clubs for the best legs.
Last summer, Arsenal beat PSG to sign Ozil, they have already beaten the likes of Juventus, Liverpool and Manchester United to the signing of Sanchez, but beating Chelsea and Mourinho to Khedira, would give Wenger and Arsenal fans great pleasure.
Mourinho in the past used financial muscle to beat Wenger, to signings by offering highfallutin transfer fee and bogus wages, but thanks to Arsenal’s newly financial might, they can also spend big on transfer fee and also compete favourably with personal terms. Ozil and Sanchez are on 140k pound per week and reports have it that they could even offer Khedira as much as 150k pounds per week.
Obviously, better days are here for Arsenal.