Arsenal’s capture of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has hit another stumbling block after the German will now reportedly seek contract talks with the Spanish club.
First an agreement of a fee with Real, then a dispute over Khedira’s wages, and now seemingly a u-turn in his ambitions could spell the end of the possibility of the move.
But Arsene Wenger is now set to pounce on his back-up option to Khedira, and has been tipped to make a move for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.
Chelsea are also thought to be in the running for Khedira, with Jose Mourinho having coached the 27-year-old during his time at the Bernabéu. Mourinho has also already lured Cesc Fabregas to Stamford Bridge, claiming it was ‘easy’ to make Chelsea his choice.
Schneiderlin has impressed over the last two seasons for Southampton, but could become a tough buy considering the players who have left the South Coast club this summer. Luke Shaw bagged a £30million move to Manchester United, while Ricky Lambert and Adam Lallana have made the switch to Liverpool, with the Merseyside club also interested in centre-half Dejan Lovren.
But Schneiderlin could be a decent addition to Arsenal midfield, as they now look to balance their vastly attacking midfield. The 24-year-old was the top-tackler in Europe last season, and his tireless approach would make him a valuable member of the squad.
With Khedira’s stock having risen further following his World Cup triumph, the German would no doubt be the first option should he become available again. But Schneiderlin is younger, highly agile and would also likely prove the cheaper option for Wenger, as he looks to add to his quality transfer business completed so far this summer.