News is filtering in that a fee of €25 million has been agreed between Arsenal and Real Madrid to bring the German international to London, according to a report in Marca .
There were reports earlier in the month that Khedira could be on his way to Arsenal in a £23 million move but it now it looks all the more likely that he will go for €25 million, with just personal terms to be agreed between the player and the club. Marca also write that the player is reportedly looking for around €7 million net total in wages per season.
Although this could prove to be a problem, and very un-Arsenal-like to splash out this amount of money for a player it looks as though the deal is very close to completion.
With Alexis Sanchez already deciding to make the move to Arsenal from Barcelona, Arsenal are looking more and more like challengers to take away Manchester City’s Premier League title.
Arsenal were just a few good signings away from having a more consistent title challenge last season and it now looks as though Wenger may have just signed those players needed to fill in for the likes of Aaron Ramsey whose injury hampered their season. His passing ability was badly missed in midfield, not to mention the goals he scored in the early parts of the season.
Ramsey will certainly be a starter next season but adding Khedira to such a talented midfield will give Arsenal good strength in depth. Having substitutes in the modern game that can do as good a job as the player on the pitch from the start seems to be all the more important in recent years. Arsenal’s top midfield options read – Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and now possibly Sami Khedira.
A midfield packed with this much talent is a scary prospect for any opposition in the world. If Wenger manages to keep these players fit then there really is no exaggeration when saying that the North London club could be capable of fighting for Premier League glory.
Get this midfield to click with a fit Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and now Sanchez and we will see an even more mesmerising Arsenal in and around their opposition’s D.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.