Real Madrid and Germany defensive midfielder Sami Khedira is set to have a medical at Italian giants Juventus later today, according to the Daily Star. The former-Stuttgart player has previously been touted as a possible transfer target for Arsenal.
If the reports are correct then the midfielder is currently in Turn discussing terms on a four-year-deal with the Italian champions.
Khedira has struggled with injuries throughout his career at Real Madrid, but when he is fit is a very good player and is available on a free transfer this summer. I have to say I really do believe that Arsenal could have missed out on a good deal with Khedira.
The midfielder is just 28 years-old and has a wealth of experience. To be able to sign such a highly-rated player of his calibre, injuries or not, on a free transfer is a steal in anybody’s book.
Khedira has caused recent controversy by saying that Real Madrid are telling everybody he is out injured, when in fact he had just been frozen out of the squad. The player himself has claimed he does not know why he has become the forgotten man at the Bernabeu.
Maybe Arsenal are not prepared to take the gamble on Khedira because he is reportedly asking for £2.6million a year in wages. The Gunners have suffered a lot in recent times with players who are injury-prone and maybe that is why Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not made a move for the midfielder.
Without a doubt Wenger must be looking for cover in the defensive midfield area. Francis Coquelin is obviously first choice for the Gunners at the moment, but they need another defensive midfielder to provide the Frenchman with competition or cover.
The Gunners have been linked with a number of targets, including Ilkay Gundogan of Dortmund and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin. Both players look set to move on to pastures new this summer and seem to have been linked with a move to Arsenal for a lifetime.
However, both players would cost the club considerable amounts of money in transfer fees alone, let alone wages as well.
Obviously I am not privy to whether Arsenal have made an attempt to sign Khedira or not this summer. However, a move for the Germany international would have been worth the risk.
All the Gunners would have been risking would have been his wages and they would have sign a player with experience of winning the biggest trophies in football in a position that needs strengthening. Khedira could have proven a great signing this summer.
I just hope that Arsene Wenger manages to strengthen in that area of the pitch, or we could be left to regret not signing Sami Khedira on a free transfer.
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