Sami Khedira could be Arsenal’s first signing in January.
Reports in a number of sources suggest that Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira could finally make his move to Arsenal when the winter transfer market opens in January.
The World Cup winner had been the subject of a much broadcast speculation following the sell-out that was invoked in Real Madrid this season. Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso were both shown the exit door, in moves that saw James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos welcomed to the Bernabeu. This was only but a follow up to the Refresh button which characterizes Fiorentino Perez Galactico policy, with the regular import of new faces a key business strategy. Khedira, it appears, is one of the contents of the old page.
The long-term injury which kept him out for the most part of the season also meant that he had lost any air of invincibility he may have had in the team – to be fair, he never really was. Alonso was the obvious man in the middle, together with Luka Modric, while Asier Illaramendi had been brought in to be the ex-Liverpool man’s understudy.
The door had been open for Khedira, it was time to move.
As much as Arsene Wenger tried to play down our interest in him, to many good sources reported that there was a genuine interest. Negotiations had gone as far as an agreement for a transfer fee for the 27-year-old, only to be scuppered by differences in what we were willing to pay and what Khedira demanded. With the deal falling through, it was believed Khedira will sit out the remaining months of his contract which runs out at the end of the summer of next year.
There now seems to be a switch in plans, as Real Madrid’s financial reports revealed a rising debt bill from last year despite winning two trophies. They appear now to be willing to get as much change as they can on any fringe player to offset their debts, and with Khedira not in Carlo Ancelotti’s first XI at the moment, he more than anyone else will be their best bet to get in good money during the New Year. Not that Khedira would cost an awful lot – the summer deal would not have cost Arsenal more than €15million at the maximum. It would be of profit to the European Champions to get some wages of their accounting books, and of immense benefit to Khedira to keep progressing in his career.
Perhaps, it would be the Gunners who would benefit the most. We have sorely needed a defensive midfielder in the team, a role which Khedira has performed well both for the German National team and the for the pre-Ancelotti Madrid. His abilities really need not advertising as he is certainly a World Class midfielder. As well as being able to collect the ball from the defenders and distribute it to the more attacking players, Khedira when encouraged can pop into the box for the odd goal. His ex-teammate Ozil could do with the assurance that he wouldn’t have to always track back with the knowledge that Khedira will keep the rear covered.
We should be able to agree a balance in those wage demands as he is one player who would really improve our team.
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