The German international has rejected Madrid’s latest contract offer and with just one year remaining on his current deal, Carlo Ancelotti is willing to cash-in now rather than lose him for free next summer.
However Ornstein is reporting that Arsene Wenger has decided to pull out of the deal, presumably because of the German international’s excessive wage demands, which are believed to be in the region of £150,000-£200,000-a-week.
Few reports over the weekend suggested a £24 million fee had been agreed by both clubs and Arsenal were preparing to unveil their new signing on Monday afternoon. However it looks like we’ve hit a dead end as respected BBC journalist Ornstein has just revealed on his Twitter account that we are no longer pursing the German international.
Wenger’s reluctance to meet Khedira’s request could mean he has his sights on an alternative, with Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and William Carvalho heavily linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal no longer pursuing Khedira but still in market for DMF, will sign GK & probably DF depending on Jenkinson/Vermaelen situations #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 21, 2014
The Gunners are in desperate need of a holding midfielder, with Khedira, Schnederlein and Carvalho being touted to fill the role. Either of them would provide more assurance in front of the Arsenal back-four, as Arteta and Flamini’s influence has been on the downfall, as they reach the wrong side of thirties.
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. Schneiderlein would also be another good alternative to fill the holding midfield role. He’d probably be a tad cheaper and has already stated that he’d like to move to a bigger club.
It’s a shame we couldn’t get a deal done as Khedira would have been an excellent signing, but there’s still a chance we could resurrect talks with him in the future, but for now it looks like Arsene Wenger is going to have to turn his attention to other targets. Carvalho is the latest to be linked and might prove to be a perfect fit for the Gunners. He’s an intelligent user of the ball and also has the powerful physique required to dominate in the Premier League.
He’s capable of explosive bursts of athleticism that recall a youthful Yaya Toure. He is more disciplined than Toure, and is far less prone to charging forwards in search of goals. He roams across the pitch, putting out fires and starting off moves with a simple but precise passing game. He has immense potential and with the age on his side he could be the perfect man for Wenger to turn into a world class defensive midfielder.
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