The German international has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates this summer and reports earlier stated that we were close to securing his signature after supposedly agreeing a £19.8 million deal with Madrid. However, the move then stalled after the 27 year old demanded wages of £150,000-a-week after tax to make the move to North London.
The report suggests that the Real Madrid star has dropped his wage demands to £134,000-a-week in a last-ditch bid to make his transfer to Arsenal finally go through.
It further states that with the transfer on the brink of collapsing, and with the Gunners looking at Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin as an alternative, the midfielder consequently lowered his demands.
Khedira has just a year to run on his current contract and if he can’t secure a move away from the Bernabeu this summer then he is willing to hold out and leave on a free transfer next summer, thus helping to secure an even heftier deal from any prospective suitor.
The 27 year old would bring a wealth of experience to Arsenal’s engine room. He just lifted both the Champions League trophy and the World Cup in the span of two months, evidence of the quality he brings to the table.
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He isn’t naturally a defensive midfielder, but fits Wenger’s vision of the perfect holding midfielder, someone who doesn’t just rely on his physical prowess but also has the technical baggage to contribute further up the pitch.
It remains to be seen whether Wenger will be willing to match that salary, move on to other cheaper targets such as Southampton’s Schneiderlin or focus on adding defenders rather than more players to the midfield stock. If the reports are accurate it’s another indication that Khedira is keen to make the move to Arsenal this summer and if a deal goes through he would be one of Arsenal’s highest ever earners.
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