Emirates Stadium target ponders Bernabeu exit.
Arsenal are said to have reached an agreement to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira only for the move to be derailed by the player’s wage demands according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter as reported on the talkSPORT website.
The 27 year old German international’s position at the Bernabeu was already under threat, with the likes of Luka Modric, Xabi Alonso and Asier Illarramendi vying for central midfield slots, and the summer arrival of Toni Kroos could well prove the final straw for the tough tackler.
Khedira has a year to run on his current deal and this source claims that a deal had been agreed by both clubs but the World Cup winner’s salary expectations brought an end to Arsenal’s interest, though perhaps as the transfer window nears it’s completion the former Stuttgart man may reevaluate his stance.
Hunter rightly points out that Khedira is in a ‘position of power’ with regards to his contractual status at the La Liga giants as he could choose to simply run down his deal and leave on a free transfer next summer and therefore be in a even better position to garner a massive pay-rise.
Wenger may see Khedira as a long term replacement for Spanish veteran Mikel Arteta and given that the former Everton man’s Gunners deal expires next summer may opt to hold out a year before handing the Real Madrid man the contract he desires, having therefore saved the north London club the cost of paying for the player during the current transfer window.