According to reports Arsenal’s pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has taken a new turn, with the German midfielder now willing to drop his wage demands in order to revive his move to Arsenal which has stalled.
They were initial reports that the midfielder was requesting in excess of £150,000 a week to join Arsenal a figure that represent almost double his current wages in Real Madrid. But, he is now reportedly willing to drop those demands to £134,000 which though still high, represent some reduction from the initial wage demands.
With Arsenal’s interest in William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon and Morgan Schniederlin of Southampton, who are both young and are more cost effective in the long term. It is not clear whether the club will still give in to the demands of Sami Khedira.
The German has just one year to run in his contract at the European Champions, and from all indications, there is no great zeal on the part of Real Madrid to extend his contract following the signing of Toni Kroos.
On the other part, few clubs are interested in his services which put Arsenal in pole position in the pursuit of the former Stuttgart player.
With Arsene Wenger always willing to drive a hard bargain in his transfer dealings, he would have weighted the situation on the basis that there are dynamics in the transfer window that could sway it to the club’s advantage. And as the last weeks of the transfer window is common when a deluge of compromise is found, as various parties seeks to rush through a transfer deal.
The fact that Sami Khedira is willing to compromise on his wage demands is that, the clubs antics in negotiations is already scoring some high points.
And by the nature of Arsene Wenger’s statement after the Boreham pre-season friendly that he would assess the fitness of his midfielders before taking a decision on who to sign only shows that he is willing to play the waiting game to get the best out of the situation of any transfer situation that will prove difficult as the pursuit of the much sought after holding midfielder has shown.
As the summer continues to tag along, and as pre-season heats up, the shape of the new Arsenal will begin to take shape as the new season draws near, and the signing of a holding midfielder will significantly affect the direction of the club’s season.