Arsenal are reportedly trying to thrash out personal terms with Sami Khedira after agreeing a price with Real Madrid to sign the player, according to reports in Marca.
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.
The Gunners have been strongly linked with the midfielder in recent weeks with various sources claiming that we have been in discussions with the Spanish side and it appears a breakthrough has now been reached.
The report suggests Real Madrid and Arsenal have almost reached an agreement with the Premier League side prepared to pay around £19.8 million for the German international, whose value has increased during the World Cup. Wenger has decided to meet Madrid’s fee for the player and now the only problem is between the Gunners and the player.
It further states that the midfielder wants to take advantage of the fact that he is entering the last season of his current contract and wants to earn a net total of around €7 million a season, while another option is to see his contract out and be in a better position to negotiate that kind of salary next season.
Khedira is good at plugging gaps and also breaking forward at pace, while he has more energy and mobility than Arteta. He likes to press higher up the pitch to win the ball back, which makes him more suited to the box to box role.
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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. The Gunners need a midfielder to fill the void in front of the defence and with Arteta slowing down, a player of Khedira’s ilk will help stem the flow of goals. His style is more akin to that of Aaron Ramsey than archetypal defensive midfielder Gilberto Silva.
The Gunners main weakness last season has been their inability to stop big teams from creating chances and the Germans reading of the game will lower the possibility of opposing sides forging goal-scoring chances. He has the necessary attributes to make an impact in the League and has a better positional sense and is more powerful than Arteta. His signing would be another bold statement of intent and would put us in a great position ahead of next season.
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