Arsenal target Sami Khedira has demanded a huge €9 million a year pay deal in order to join the north London club, as reported by Spanish television outlet La Sexta.
The Gunners have previously seemed likely to capture Khedira, with Real Madrid willing to sell him this summer. Spanish giants Real have acquired Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez thus far this window, giving them two midfield recruits that threaten Khedira’s place in the line-up significantly.
Khedira also suffered a significant injury last season, missing the run-in that saw Real capture La Decima, their tenth European Cup. There are real questions over whether there is a place for him in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
The German international is willing to move to the Emirates Stadium, but expects a significant wage in order to do so. If Arsene Wenger’s side refuse to meet his demands, he intends instead to wait out the rest of his Madrid contract and leave them on a free transfer next summer.
Arsenal have been active thus far in the transfer market this summer, but the addition of Khedira would represent a significant improvement to their starting eleven. They are also expected to add Southampton’s Calum Chambers in the near future, after the youngster completed a medical.