Arsenal will reportedly try and reach a pre-contract agreement to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira in January, according to reports in Spain.
The Gunners were linked several times with the German World Cup winner for much of this summer’s transfer window, but missed out on his signature.
The midfielder looks highly likely to be leaving the Bernabeu after refusing to sign a new contract with the Spanish giants, leaving him free to talk to other clubs from January as he enters the final months of his current deal.
The report states that the North London club are set to continue their pursuit of Real Madrid contract rebel Khedira by opening talks with Real Madrid. The Spanish giants are keen to move the German midfielder on after he did not agree to sign a new deal at the Bernabeu.
Chelsea are also interested in bringing the Germany international to the Premier League, and Jose Mourinho knows Khedira very well from his time in charge of Real Madrid, though Arsenal are believed to be leading the race for his signature. The 27 year old missed much of last season with a serious injury to his right knee, and he has recently undergone surgery on his left knee.
Khedira is good at plugging gaps and also breaking forward at pace and 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 our their own half.
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Should we Buy?
Wenger has tried to cram too many attack minded players into his midfield for too long, a tactic that has often seen Arsenal’s strategy become predictable this season. The Gunners desperately need a defensive midfielder if they are to fight against the big teams and signing Khedira is a no-brainer if he’s available for nothing.
Wenger’s willingness to wait will have paid off if he arrives on a free transfer, although the manager is certainly playing things riskily if this proves to be intentional. It would be great to sign him in January if we stay in the race for the title come January, otherwise it would be better to sign him on free in the summer.
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