Arsenal in talks to sign Serie A star, £3.6m-per-season contract has been offered

By on July 30, 2019

According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Arsenal are in talks to sign Sami Khedira and have offered the Juventus midfielder a contract worth around £3.6m-per-season.

Unai Emery snapped-up Spanish U21 star Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid last week so the Arsenal boss wasn’t expected to be in the market for any more midfielders this summer.

However, last Thursday, the Express carried a report from TuttoMercatoWeb that claimed Arsenal were showing a keen interest in signing Khedira as he looks to find a fresh start away from Juventus.

The Serie A champions have signed Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot this summer and have a whole host of other top midfield options at their disposal so they need to trim their squad and it appears Khedira has been made available for transfer.

The 32-year-old then fuelled rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal after he was spotted sitting in the directors box at the Emirates during the Emirates Cup on Sunday afternoon [photo above].

Emery played down the midfielders presence after the 2-1 defeat to Lyon but that hasn’t stopped the media from speculating Khedira could be heading to Arsenal before the window closes next week.

Italian journalist Nicolo Schira – who works for the likes of Gazzetta dello Sport and Calcio Mercato – claims Arsenal are locked in talks to sign Khedira and have now offered him a two-year contract worth around £3.67m-per-year [€4m].

He tweeted:

Contacts ongoing between Sami #Khedira and #Arsenal. #Gunners have offered a contract until 2021 by €4M a year, but in #Juventus he takes €6M a season. #transfers #AFC

I’ve been very skeptical over these rumours as I just don’t see why we’d be in the market for a player like Khedira. Sure, his experience would be a useful asset but he’s coming towards the end of his career and injuries have taken their toll on him.

The German international is nowhere near the player he was a couple of years ago and Arsenal should be looking to the future, not bringing in an ageing midfielder who’s best years are behind him.

As a squad player I suppose Khedira would do a better job than Mo Elneny – who’s being linked with a move away from Arsenal – but I just don’t see him being a regular ahead of the likes of Lucas Torreira and Dani Ceballos.

Personally, I’d be shocked if anything came of these links to Khedira. Hopefully it’s just paper-talk.