Thursday, 7 August 2014


Arsenal have reached an agreement to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, this is according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter as reported on the talkSPORT website.It is no secret that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a massive admirer of the German star as he looks to add a world class defensive midfielder to his squad.The German international is reported to have a year left to run on his current deal and this source claims that a deal had been agreed by both clubs but the World Cup winner’s salary expectations still have to be ironed out.

However, Hunter goes on to claim that there is still a chance that he will make a summer move to the Emirates, despite the German’s hefty salary demand.

“There is a chance because his midfield place, while Carlo Ancelotti likes him and wants to keep him and has made it absolutely clear that he would prefer to have him, Khedira is in a position of power.He has got one more year left of his contract and he wants a significant salary change, that at the moment Real Madrid are unwilling to give him.And therefore he knows that right now he’s in the bargaining seat.He not desperate to leave Real Madrid, but will do so unless they meet his terms,” the Spanish football expert is quoted.

The World Cup winner is entering the final year of his five-year contract he signed in 2010 when he joined the Spanish club, and with manager Carlo Ancelotti preferring the combination of Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric in the centre of the park, Khedira looks to be on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu.

Also, the UK Independent reports that with Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez already joining Ancelotti’s side this summer, the number of first team chances Khedira would receive appears to be even less than his 13 La Liga appearances last season.It was also gathered that talk of a move quietened due to Khedira’s wage demands, as the midfielder was reportedly seeking in excess of £150,000-a-week – £20,000 more than both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil.

Khedira is believed to have lowered his demands though, and a wage similar to that earned by the Gunners two biggest ever transfers appears to be the pipeline should Arsene Wenger follow up his interest in Khedira.
The Gunners have been linked with a £24m move for the Germany international, and with Chelsea appearing to be done and dusted with their summer business, the Emirates seems to be the most likely destination for the 27-year-old should he leave the Champions League winners.

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