The Gunners have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, with his agent confirming there has been no agreement between the clubs despite earlier reports stating otherwise.
The Germany international is currently on holiday after a grueling summer in Brazil, where he played a vital part in his countries win despite missing the final through injury. He will be returning to Real Madrid for further contractual talks, his agent confirmed.
The Spanish giants have bought in Khedira’s international team mate Toni Kroos and it was expected it will be either Angel di Maria or the midfielder departing in order to make room and help finance the move for the former Bayern Munich ace.
Arsenal had reportedly agreed a £20million fee with Real Madrid for the 27-year-old but there was still plenty of negotiations to be had over the exuberant £180,000 a week wages. It seems none of this is true if Khedira’s agent is to be believed.
There has also been talk of Chelsea swooping in to beat Arsenal to his signature, but for now the powerful midfielder is sorting his future with Real Madrid.
The German’s agent Jorg Neubauer reportedly said:
We are not in talks with Arsenal. I don’t think a fee can has been agreed, otherwise I would have been told.
Khedira is a favourite of Mourinho’s from his time at Real and the coach is understood tothings. The same goes for Chelsea.
We are talking to Real Madrid about his contract, but nothing is close to being decided. Sami has just returned from the World Cup and has gone on holiday.
Khedira’s contract is set to expire next summer so his value was slowly depleting after managing a small amount of games last season due to injury, his price has since hiked however after a strong World Cup showing.
Arsenal are ideally after a more outright defensive midfielder, so it seems a little strange that we would spend a huge sum and potentially make him our highest paid player for another natural box-to-box midfielder.
Wenger could have plans to make him play a little deeper and provide more protection to the back four. Currently Arsenal have Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby all keen to feature in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini the options for the defensive midfield position. Khedira could add some much needed steel, height and aggression, not to mention his offensive attributes where he would slot in seamlessly with pal Mesut Ozil ahead.
Although it appears we are nowhere near signing Khedira, hopefully we are still also pursuing other targets such as Morgan Schneiderlin and Lars Bender incase we struggle to haggle down Khedira’s wages and price.