The noises surrounding Arsenal’s pursuit of Sami Khedira have gone quiet over the past week, with report claiming that the club has turned their attention elsewhere following the wage demands of the 27 year old Real Madrid midfielder. But as the summer continues with it strange acts, reports have emerged that Arsenal have not entirely pulled the plug on the transfer as it watches development unfold in Madrid.
Arsene Wenger has arrived at a plot where he does not want to force the issue as his nerveless like for the last days of the transfer window must be playing on his mind, with Real Madrid having signed Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez who can both play deep, the Madrid hierarchy might be reluctant to increase the contract of Sami Khedira, but rather they might choose to put him for sale with just one year left on his contract which will in the end leave the aces to the buying club as Arsenal have shown in the past that they can take advantage of such scenario.
The defensive midfield role has suffered from neglect from Arsene Wenger over the past few years with his failure to adequately address the burden that the area of the squad has placed on the team. Since Gilberto Silva’s signing in 2002 and to a lesser extent Lasana Diarra’s signing in 2007, le prof has not really brought in a senior defensive midfielder that will make an immediate impact on the squad, the likes of Denilson, Alex Song, Mikel Arteta were converted to play in that position. And their performances in some cases have left much to be desired.
So the pursuit of Sami Khedira was received in some quarters positively, but with the way the transfer has gone, and Arsene Wenger’s comment that he would assess the fitness of his central midfielders before making a decision on whether to sign a player in that position.
With this report that the club is still interested in the German midfielder, Sami Khedira, the impression given by Arsene Wenger could be a diversionary tactics to keep the likes of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini focused, rather than speaking about players that would come into their position.
The hot and cold nature of the Sami Khedira transfer saga is sure to rumble on for some time, whether in the denial of a possible agreement from the agent or from reports in the Spanish press, it will be settled when a player is signed for that position or when the window shuts.