Khedira Nears Bayern Switch, Chelsea and Arsenal Miss Out
In a summer so far full of movement on the transfer front, one of the main talking points in the press has been the next destination for Real Madrid and Germany’s midfield maestro Sami Khedira.
Amongst the likely contenders to secure his services this Summer had been top Premier League clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. It was reported earlier this window, that the German favoured a move to Chelsea, where he would be reunited with former Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. Then, reports suggested a deal had been struck between Arsenal and Real Madrid subject to an agreement over personal terms with Arsene Wenger reportedly looking to add some authority to his midfield before Arsenal can realistically mount a serious title challenge. Khedira has found himself isolated at the Bernabéu during pre-season due to the marquee signings of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, players of enormous potency, adding to an already star-studded midfield under manager Carlo Ancelotti.
However it has emerged over the last few days that Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are close to announcing the signing of Khedira subject to a medical. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but with the deal looking eminent, are the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea missing out on a chance to boost their respective title aspirations?
Mourinho has made no secret in expressing his ‘admiration’ of the Real Madrid powerhouse, but with Chelsea already boasting the commanding presence of Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Ramires in midfield, it appears that the Stamford Bridge boss is reluctant to dip back in to the transfer market any time soon, shying away from a possible bidding war with near rivals Arsenal, despite his keen interest in the player. Chelsea look strong enough in the middle third without having to sign Khedira, but the World Cup winner would certainly add to what is a formidable looking Chelsea side thus far. Mourinho may look to dispose of one or two foreign players before the transfer deadline next month before he thinks about adding any more big names to his side.
Arsenal have done their business early this time around, bringing in players of the calibre of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers to polish up Arsene Wenger’s team. Arsenal’s midfield also looks strong this season, a midfield that includes star man Aaron Ramsey, captain Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere. Yet, it’s fair to say Arsenal have been lacking a box-to-box player like Khedira ever since Patrick Vieira left the club in 2005. Someone who can really run a game at his own will. Wenger has since looked to Abou Diaby who joined the Gunners in 2006 but has had a torrid time with injuries as has fellow club-mate Jack Wilshere. A dynamic midfielder in the shape of Sami Khedira could be what Arsenal need to table a serious challenge for the Barclays Premier League title this season. Chelsea won’t lose any sleep over his proposed move to Bayern Munich but it’s certainly a deal that could come back to haunt Arsene Wenger.
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