More hope has appeared for Arsenal’s quest to capture Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira in the winter transfer window as his manager has suggested that the midfielder could still make a move away from the Bernabeu, with talks over a new deal still yet to get serious.
“There are indications that Khedira is going to go,” Ancelotti was quoted as saying.
“But he shows he likes Madrid and nothing is sure yet.”
Khedira has struggled to nail down a regular role in Ancelotti’s team this season, having made just 6 appearances this season mostly as a substitute. The German World Cup winner has been targeted by Arsenal all through the summer and as it has now become more evident that we still are in need of a top class defensive midfielder, Khedira’s assumed availability will be more motivation for Wenger to make a move for him.
The 27-year old who is being sought by Wenger to fit the defensive midfield role has been the subject of interest from other English clubs, including Manchester United who have run out of patience with AS Roma over Kevin Strootman. Ed Woodward and his gang have reportedly initiated proceedings which will see them make an approach to Madrid for Khedira. However, it is the Gunners who are believed to be in pole position to land him having reached an agreement with his agents over personal terms, with a fee to be agreed with his club for the transfer to be completed in January.
Real are definitely going to cash in on Khedira if he shows more coldness towards signing an extension with them as it would be rather uncanny to lose a player of such quality for nothing in the summer. They will hold out for a significant fee, seeing that there is already, ensued, some kind of competition for his signature.
Wenger must be desperate for Khedira to turn down the extension being offered him as he must have had enough of seeing his team collapse game after game without a true force to protect the back four. He’ll bring a much needed solidity to the Arsenal midfield, giving it a spine and reliable pivot which every team must have to be balanced and well structured to challenge for trophies.
With Toni Kroos and Luka Modric clearly ahead of him in the pecking order, it is plausible to expect Khedira to demand a move away from Madrid to further his chances of a more regular role with Joachim Loew’s side for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
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