Arsenal will have to pay Sami Khedira more than any other player to ensure they get the £24 million rated German from Real Madrid this summer.
Khedira reportedly wants a deal worth £8 million per year, which will test the limits of the somewhat socialist wage structure that Arsene Wenger has helped to implement during his time at the club.
Wenger has lined up some very positive deals for the club so far this summer with Mathieu Debuchy likely to come in at right-back with a deal for Alexis Sanchez set to go as soon as Luis Suarez heads off to Barcelona.
However, one position which still has a question mark hanging over it is defensive midfield.
Central and attacking midfield reserves are vast but what Wenger doesn’t have is someone who can control a game in front of his back four.
Mathieu Flamini was superb last season in terms of injecting some aggression into the side but he and Mikel Arteta lacked the consistency to make the holding role their own at the club.
Khedira’s wage demands of just over £150,000 per week are barely more than the amount being paid to Mesut Ozil (£140,000) per week and the UK has a lower tax band rate for higher earners than in Spain.
In short, Arsenal can match or offer Khedira a similar deal to the one he’s currently on at Real Madrid and he shouldn’t be worse off if finance is one of his main motives when thinking about transfers.
It’s also arguable that Khedira’s arrival at the club would not only take care of the holding role in the long term, it would also aid the performance of Ozil, who struggled at times last season.
Ozil and Khedira are close, having joined Real Madrid at the same time and Khedira is the sort of player who can give Ozil the protection he needs when Premier League sides look to try and rough him up physically.
If Wenger wants him, he shouldn’t think twice about giving him the salary demands he wants although the obvious risk is the restructuring of various deals every single time the club tries to extend an important player’s contract.