Arsenal are reportedly set to wrap up a deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira in the coming days, according to reports in the Metro.
The Gunners were heavily linked with the German international, whose contract expires next summer earlier in the transfer window, but rumours were rife that the player’s wage demands scuppered a move to North London.
However the report states that Arsenal could finally sign Sami Khedira in the coming days with Real Madrid expecting the German star to depart before the end of week. The Gunners have recently rekindled their interest in Khedira and a £12 million deal is back on the cards. Wenger has stepped up his interest in a new holding midfielder in the last few days, with Mikel Arteta facing weeks out with an ankle problem.
Khedira was left out of the squad for Friday’s Spanish Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti later confirmed that the midfielder has rejected an offer of an extension. He said:
He’s not asked to go. He’s rejected an offer to renew, but has a year of contract. We’ll see what happens.
The World Cup winner, who joined Real from Stuttgart in 2010, has been a key player for the reigning European champions, but now feels out of sorts in the team following the summer arrival of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez from Bayern Munich and AS Monaco respectively, and has claimed anything can happen before the summer transfer window closes.
Key Stats: (Via Squawka)
Khedira missed large parts of the previous season due to a serious knee injury, but in the 13 appearances prior to his injury he boasted an astute passing accuracy of 86%. He created a total of 12 chances for the Spanish side and won 41% of the midfield duels.
He continued the great passing form with his national team too, as he managed an impressive 85% accuracy at the World cup as Germany triumphed in Brazil. He attempted six take ons at the World Cup for his national side, completing four of them which represented a success rate of 67%.
Style of Play:
Khedira is good at plugging gaps and also breaking forward at pace, while he has more energy and mobility than Arteta and Flamini. He likes to press higher up the pitch to win the ball back, which makes him more suited to the box to box role. His defensive abilities do really stand out and it’s not unreasonable to suggest that he will vastly improve Arsenal’s solidity in their own half.
Should we Buy?
The Gunners midfield has plenty of technical ability but lacks grit, as Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta break up play as best they can, but a stronger and a more aerially dominant star is needed. Khedira can offer a more robust edge to the team to scrap for possession and stymie opposition breaks and can also be an able supporting runner for the buccaneering raids of talisman Aaron Ramsey.
He is a vital and most importantly an affordable target. Wenger has improved certain areas of his squad during the transfer window, but the most critical area remains untouched. The report suggests he will be available at just around £12 million, which is a bargain for a high quality of his calibre and it would be foolish to not go for him, even with his huge wage demands.
Rumour Rater : 4/5
1 – Never going to happen
2 – Unlikely
3 – Could be possible
4 – Likely
5 – Done deal
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