Sami Khedira could become an Arsenal player come January according to reports online.
Reports state that a deal has been agreed between the two parties ‘in principal’ and is subject to Khedira recovering well from knee surgery.
The media outlet, CaughtOffside.com, also report that Arsenal have met the price-tag of £11 million to buy the German international. Khedira’s current deal will expire at the end of this season.
The 27-year-old was touted for a move away from Real Madrid for much of the summer transfer window in part due to the summer recruiting done by Carlo Ancelotti. The signatures of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez have done nothing to help the injury hampered Khedira earn back a place in Madrid’s starting XI.
This transfer would look to be the right move at this point in Khedira’s career. At the age of 27 he may not get many more chances to sign for a top side in Europe which are competing in the Champions League, particularly if he stays with Madrid until the end of the season where game time will likely be rare.
Arsenal’s season has begun well with nine points in their first five games, keeping them within reach of leaders Chelsea on 13 points and firmly in the race for their almost obligatory top four finish. Khedira is the sort of player that Arsenal could do with in their already potent midfield.
However, the majority of Arsene Wenger’s options in midfield are players who like to lead an attack, whereas Khedira could give the North London club the stability that the team needs.
This writer believes there are midfielders already in the squad that could play this more defensive midfield role but the talents of Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsay and co. could be put to much better use further up the pitch, helping out Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez.
It remains to be seen how Khedira recovers from his knee surgery, but if and when he does Arsenal will certainly have a player in their side who is capable of helping the Gunners become a formidable side not only in attack but also when their backs are against the wall versus sterner opposition.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.