Spanish football expert Graham Hunter claims that Arsenal and Real Madrid have agreed a deal in principle for the London club to purchase the German international, although confirmed that wages are the ultimate stumbling block.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly been tracking the midfielder since before the World Cup and the interest reportedly solidified into a concrete agreement between the two clubs before personal terms were discussed. This however is where the deal stalled with the Gunners not willing to match Khedira’s wage demands, believed to be around £150,000 per week. Hunter said the following speaking to Alan Brazil on TalkSport,
Club to club, the deal between Arsenal and Real Madrid is done. But Arsenal didn’t fancy paying Khedira the wages he wanted.
This follows a press conference in which Arsene Wenger refused to rule out another approach for the 27 year old, speaking to the press at the Emirates Cup the gunners boss stated the following when asked if he had enquired about the German,
What is enquire for you? But If I read the newspapers, he is available. Thank you.
This refusal to comment could give Arsenal fans hope that one of the most prevalent issues of the past few years may finally be addressed with a player of real quality. Only time will tell if this deal will materialise, although Arsene Wenger recently claimed that he could bring in another two targets before the transfer window slams shut which suggests his dealings are far from over this summer.