The Gunners are baulking at the cost of a swoop for the Germany star Khedira has just 12 months left to run on his Real Madrid contract but the Spanish giants want in excess of £20million for the midfielder Arsenal have already signed Alexis Sanchez and are close to completing a deal for France and Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy
Arsenal are baulking at the total cost of a swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.
Khedira, who has just 12 months let on his contract at Real, features highly on Arsene Wenger’s midfield hit list.
The club have made enquiries to gauge the cost of a deal for Khedira. And despite the German remaining a target, the financial outlay attached to the deal has cast doubt on a potential move.
The 27-year-old could cost in-excess of £20million despite the fact he has just 12 months left to run on his Madrid contract.
In addition, Khedira is understood to want at least £150,000-per-week, a package that would make him Arsenal’s best paid player.
Arsenal have the financial capacity to complete such a move but committing £60million (including wages) to land Sanchez has taken a significant sum out of Arsene Wenger’s transfer budget.
Wenger is also hugely interested in Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. And a move for the Germany international is likely to have less strain on the club’s finances.
Gunners chiefs have already made contact with Leverkusen executives about their interest in Bender. Should a move for Khedira or Bender not materialise, Arsenal will turn to Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin in their search for a new central midfielder.