- Arsenal boss offers injury update on Cazorla & Giroud
- Ratings: Cech shines but Ozil fails to spark as Arsenal held
- Video: Arsenal 0-0 Boro: Lackluster Gunners drop valuable points
- Teams: Arsenal v Middlesbrough: Cazorla out, Elneny in
- Team news: Wenger’s update on Ramsey, Welbeck, Giroud & Cazorla
- Preview: Arsenal v Boro, team news, line-up & prediction
- [Photos] Arsenal duo step-up injury comebacks in training today
- [Photos] Arsenal boost as injury doubt trains ahead of Boro game
- Arsene Wenger sets comeback date for forgotten Arsenal man
- Arsenal boss confirms fresh injury doubt for Middlesbrough game
“A Deal Between Arsenal And Real Madrid Is Done”
Spanish football expert Graham Hunter has been speaking on talkSPORT this morning where he gave the latest on Sami Khedira’s proposed move to Arsenal.
There has been a lot of speculation over Khedira’s future this summer as he’s just entered the final year of his contract at the Bernabeu and has so far rejected Madrid’s extension offer as it doesn’t meet his wage demands.
Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for the 27-year-old and speculation in the newspapers last month suggested that we had come to an agreement with Real Madrid for the midfielders signature worth around €30m.
Hunter has now confirmed these reports, claiming that a deal is agreed between the two clubs, but the sticking point remains Khedira’s wage demands with the German international believed to be wanting around £150,000-a-week.
“Club to club, the deal between Arsenal and Real Madrid is done.”
“But Arsenal didn’t fancy paying Khedira the wages he wanted.” Hunter told talkSPORT
So the situation as it stands is that Madrid are ready to sell if Khedira wont sign a new deal, Arsenal have an agreement in place with the Spaniards but are refusing to pay him what he wants. Therefore, any deal is dependent on Khedira lowering his salary demands.
That doesn’t appear likely as Hunter suggests the midfielder is happy to see out the remaining year of his contract and leave Madrid for nothing next summer when, as a free agent, he will be able to demand the high wages he wants.
However you look at it, a deal for Khedira looks unlikely unless Arsene is so desperate to have him that he’s willing to make him our highest earner – which is extremely unlikely when you consider the players recent injury record.
So it’s at a stalemate right now and I personally don’t see either party blinking. We won’t meet his demands and Khedira won’t lower them, so our pursuit appears to have hit a dead end.
William Carvalho is now emerging as a far more likely signing as he will only ask for a fraction of what Khedira wants, he’s five years younger and doesn’t have a poor injury record, but i have a feeling we’ll wait a little longer to see how things develop with Khedira.