Gunners baulk at asking price and wage demands.
Arsenal’s proposed move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has stalled because the Gunners are baulking at the potential cost of the deal, according to the Daily Mail.
Thursday night saw Arsenal’s summer of spending begin as Chile star Alexis Sanchez signed from Barcelona for a transfer fee in the region of £35m.
After securing attacking wideman Sanchez, 25, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is now expected to switch his focus to signing a defensive midfield.
Khedira is said to be top of Wenger’s wish-list and Arsenal have made enquiries about the 27-year-old.
However, the North London club are being put off by Real Madrid’s asking price, which is rumoured to be in excess of £20m, despite the fact that Khedira has just one year left to run on his current contract.
It has also been reported that Khedira would demand wages of at least £150,000 per week, making him Arsenal’s highest paid player.
Khedira would certainly improve Arsenal’s first team.
The 51-time Germany international has played a key role in his country’s run to Sunday’s World Cup final.
A move to Arsenal would see him link up with Germany teammates Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski.