A transfer fee, wage demands and battle with Chelsea look to have ended Arsenal’s Khedira pursuit.
Arsenal have dropped their interest in Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, according to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein.
Ornstein also states that Arsene Wenger will continue to pursue a defensive-midfielder, as well as a goalkeeper and a centre-back depending on Thomas Vermaelen and Carl Jenkinson’s transfer activity.
Arsenal no longer pursuing Khedira but still in market for DMF, will sign GK & probably DF depending on Jenkinson/Vermaelen situations #AFC— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 21, 2014
Arsenal have continued to hit stumbling blocks in their bid to bring Khedira to the Emirates, and now look to have ended their interest.
First off, Arsenal were unhappy with Real Madrid’s asking price for Khedira, who only has one-year left on his contract at the Bernabéu. Madrid were reported to want in excess of £20million, with some sources even suggesting a bid as high as £24million would be required.
Following the dispute over a fee, Khedira then supposedly wanted as much as £150,000-a-week to join Arsenal, a figure that did not comply with the clubs wage structure. Reports then suggested that Jose Mourinho’s relationship with the German from his time at Real Madrid would convince him to move across London to Chelsea.
Finally, the weekend saw reports that Khedira would in fact pursue talks with Real Madrid over a new deal that could keep him in the Spanish capital, something that looks to have been the final straw in Arsenal’s desire to bring him to the Premier League.
So with Khedira supposedly dropped as the Gunner’s key transfer target, Arsene Wenger must now pursue other options for the central midfield role.
Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin has been linked with a move, but would reportedly prefer a move to Tottenham. Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho is also a name being linked with an arrival at the Emirates, as the Khedira chase looks to have come to an end.
Who should Arsenal pursue as a defensive-midfield target?