Gunners fans are delighted with the arrival of Chilean World Cup star Alexis Sanchez and the soon to be confirmed signing of Mathieu Debuchy, and there could be even more good news as the once cautious Arsene Wenger is lining up more high profile transfers this summer.
According to reports in the Daily Star, German midfield ace Sami Khedira has requested a move away from Real Madrid and, with only a year left on his contract, the Spanish giants will be keen to get the deal done in this transfer window.
It is understood that Arsenal is Khedira’s preferred destination where he could link up with German teammate and friend Mesut Ozil. The 27-year-old Khedira, due to start in Sunday’s World Cup final won’t come cheap though, with a price tag of £24 million and wage demands of £150,0000 per week. This could prove a major stumbling block for Wenger who has already spent big this summer.
Should the Khedira deal be too expensive for Arsenal another option under consideration is the German’s compatriot Lars Bender, the highly rated Bayer Leverkusen midfielder. No details have emerged of a potential deal yet, but former Arsenal great Alan Smith rates the German highly.
“He’s a quality player and is someone who will sit and hold and who can tackle and is good with the ball. Arsenal have been linked with him, whether there is any truth or not who knows.
“I could see there being a bit of substance to that because he strikes me as being an Arsene Wenger type of player. He’s tactically good and I think that’s the area he will be looking at.
French striker Loic Remy is due to leave QPR for a £10m fee. Arsenal had been favourites to sign him but now apparently Liverpool and Newcastle, where he is on loan, have entered the race, according to the Metro.
Arsenal’s hesitation is thought to be related to his personal terms rather than the transfer fee demanded.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.