By ’Tayo Amosu
October 9, 2014
World Cup winner, Sami Khedira, has been linked to Arsenal since the summer transfer window opened and the deal never pulled through till the window slammed shut last month.
However, reports that Arsenal and Sami Khedira’s representatives have agreed personal terms, a reason for the initial stall in the deal.
The German had reportedly tried to make a move to the Emirates possible by lowering his wage demands from the initial £150, 000 per week to £134,000 a week, a situation that stalled negotiation talks in the first place.
Now, with the reported £100, 000-a-week that Arsenal agreed with Khedira, Real Madrid would seem to have been boxed to a corner as they may not have a choice than to sell the player, even for a cut price, as the player has rejected a contract extension offer from his employers.
Sami Khedira, who won the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany in Brazil, was said to be interested in a move to Arsenal this summer with Real Madrid and the London club, said to have reached an agreement of fees, worth, £27m.
However, the player’s wage demand was said to have stalled the arrangement on personal terms premise.
It was later reported that, the defensive midfielder has slashed his wage demand in a last ditch move to revive the move but Arsenal did not seem ready for talks as the club was obviously busy with strengthening other departments of the squad.
This dragged on until news emanated from Spain that the player has rejected a contract extension from Madrid and is poised to either leave or stay at Madrid to see out his contract, which expires at the end of this season.
So, the desperation to sell Khedira is hinged upon the prospect of losing the player on a free at the end of the season.
Therefore, Arsenal stands a very good chance of landing the player in January for a very meagre transfer fee, if reports that personal terms have been agreed are anything to go by.
For Arsenal, acquiring the services of Sami Khedira would mean something to their title challenge as the versatility of the player in the midfield is well documented.
While Mikel Arteta would no doubt be in and out of the treatment room for the duration of the season, Khedira is more than capable of holding forth in his absence.
The defensive and offensive attributes of the former Stuttgart man is well known and he could add some defensive steel to an Arsenal midfield that lacks some physicality and aerial dominance.
At 27 years, Sami Khedira could give Arsenal some 3-4 good years filling in defensively in the midfield, though he could also be used as a box-to-box midfielder.
While many Arsenal supporters crave a younger, Patrick Vieira/ Emmanuel Petit/ Gilberto Silva type defensive midfielder, Sami Khedira would come in to add experience that may be lacking in players in their early 20s, to that role and give Arsenal some stability in the middle.
This deal, if done in January would send exciting feeling round the Arsenal supporters worldwide and strengthen their belief that Arsene Wenger is more than capable of solving the defensive crises experienced by the Gunners as a result of injuries and departures.