The Sami Khedira to Arsenal bang wagon has taken a new twist following reports that the German midfielder is now willing to extend his contract with Real Madrid. With just one year left on his current deal with the European champions, it was widely expected that the Madrid hierarchy will cash in on him now rather than lose him to a free transfer in a year’s time.
What could have informed his change of mind and what does this mean to Arsenal’s attempt to bring in a player for the holding midfield position?
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is known to be a keen admirer of the German midfielder, and he was at a lost when he was denied the services of the German following his ligament injury in November, 2013. That he was willing to throw him into helms deep in a champion’s league final when he was not match fit, after Xabi Alonso was suspended, shows the Italian’s preference for his attributes. The report of his likely extension could have come with an eye on the age of Xabi Alonso who is in his thirties, and letting the midfielder go would have denied the Santiago Bernabeu outfit of a player with valuable experience.
However, the assertion above is based on what could have informed his likely change of heart to sign a contract extension. Other the hand, with the likelihood that this transfer is slipping away from within the grasps of Arsenal, what other alternatives could Arsene Wenger pursue?
Already, there has been much talked about Lars Bender, who was the subject of a £19 million pounds bid from Arsenal that was rejected last summer. The player himself had appeared to rule himself out of leaving the bundesliga, when he said earlier in the summer that he was not yet in the level of playing for Arsenal. And the general manager of Bayer Leverkusen, Rudi Voeller, went further by declaring that he was not for sale. But like the cliché goes, every player has it price.
Another alternative is the much linked Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. Who happened to have made his French debut at the World Cup in Brazil.
It would seem that the players linked this summer to Arsenal in respect of the holding midfield position have range from Sami Khedira, Lars Bender and Morgan Schneiderlin. Whether the club will end springing a surprise by bringing in a player that was not in the radar remains to be seen.