Arsenal are reportedly in advanced talks for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, according to reports in the Metro.
The 27 year old missed most of last season through injury but returned in the latter stages of the campaign and played his part in Madrid’s Champions League triumph. He has also helped Germany to the World Cup final with a series of strong performances in Brazil since returning to fitness.
The German international, who has just a year to run on his current contract, has reportedly rejected a new contract offer in Madrid and is keen on a move to the Emirates side.
The report states the Gunners are hoping of landing Khedira after entering advanced negotiations with Real Madrid over the player. It further states that the North London club have already reached an agreement of £24 million, however any transfer will depend on whether Arsenal can match his £150,000-a-week wage demands.
The news comes after talk Sport presenter and former footballer Stan Collymore claimed on Twitter that he’s spoken to the agent of Sami Khedira, who confirmed Arsenal in advanced talks to sign the German star midfielder.
Spoke to agent. Arsenal in advanced talks with Sami Khedira. Fuck me, they're getting serious.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) July 11, 2014
Khedira would add world-class quality to Arsenal’s currently lightweight midfield. He is the type of team player needed for more explosive stars to shine, someone who adds balance to flamboyancy, but can also make an impression when attacking. His energy and physicality would be invaluable for an Arsenal team that was outrun and outfought in the biggest games last season.
He would provide Arsenal with more drive at both ends of the pitch. He would track back to corral counter-attacking runners, as much as he would break forward to support the attack. Signing him would ensure the Gunners will have fluidity in midfield and the ability to play Wenger’s dynamic, quick-breaking brand of football.
He seems to be Arsenal’s transfer priority now that Sanchez is secured. Some reports claim that Khedira is demanding wages of around £150,000-a-week, which might price us out of any deal, but it remains to be seen how much truth there is in that.
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