Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Khedira would be fantastic but worth £150k? -Cazorla wants to stay -Arteta off?

Morning Gooners.

It appears that this summer we won't be making any last minute buys in the sales, with all our main signings wrapped up before the season starts.

Sami Khedira is the player who is on everyone's lips at the moment. The Real Madrid midfielder is at loggerheads with the Spanish club about a contact extension. It appears that they won't meet his wage demands.

The Germany international has a year left on his deal in the Spanish capital and future now appears to be away from last season's European Cup winners.

Arsene Wenger is apparently keen on bringing the player to north London but will Khedira's £150k-a-week wage demands put Arsenal off. Our two top earners - Mesut Ozil and new signing Alexis Sanchez are on £130k-a-week. Pushing that budget another £1.4m a year doesn't seem unreasonable for a star player, but I'm not sure we'd make that offer to a midfielder.

According to the Daily Mirror, our interest in Khedira has cooled because of his wage demands. Added to the fact we'd have to shell out £23.5million for a player with one season remaining on his deal, it doesn't really make financial sense.

What I wouldn't be surprised at happening is that Wenger keeps hold of Mikel Arteta - who's has a year remaining on his deal and there is discussions about his future at the Emirates taking place - for his last contracted season and then add Khedira next summer.

Meanwhile Santi Cazorla has admitted he wants to stay in north London after speculation linking him with a move back to Spain.

He is quoted in the Daily Star saying:
"I'm happy here. I want to play for Arsenal for more years. Of course, next year I play for Arsenal."
The expectation was that Lukas Podolski would be the attacking player who would be moved on during this closed season because of his lack of involvement during last season. However there has been little said of his future following our FA Cup win.

Instead it is Cazorla, the player who scored our first goal in the Wembley final win over Hull City, who is being linked with a move away from the club.

I do not think we are at a stage yet when we need to start letting players leave. We need competition for places and at the moment we've only signed Sanchez. Having Cazorla and Podolski in the squad doesn't make us any weaker.

But should we head back into the transfer market for a senior attacking player, I'm sure we'll see movement out of the exit door to balance the books.

It's certainly an exciting time to be a Gooner. And anticipation for the coming season is building.

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