Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that a move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is still possible.
The Gunners were recently linked with talks for the German international, which were reported to have fallen through with Khedira seemingly keen to stay with Real Madrid next season.
However, Wenger hasn’t ruled out a late approach suggesting the transfer market is difficult to predict and can move very late.
“Sometimes the players you want are available very late. You maybe refer to the [Mesut] Ozil case but at the same period last year, Ozil was not available. He became available very late. You do the deals that are possible when it's possible,” said Wenger.
That deal for Ozil demonstrated two things in relation to the Arsenal’s transfer capability.
Firstly, the £42.5 million fee paid for Ozil demonstrated the club’s financial strength.
If Arsenal need to draw on £20 million to pay for Khedira quickly then they won’t have a problem in doing so.
Secondly, the deal for Ozil showed that Arsenal have a superb infrastructure capable of getting a big deal done quickly.
Modern day transfers can be complicated by a variety of terms and conditions which relates to clubs, players and specific details in the personal terms of contracts.
Arsenal are well placed if they need to negotiate quickly with Khedira’s representatives to get a deal done.
One of the only areas Arsenal are likely to suffer if they’re forced to do a late deal for Khedira is bargaining room.
With a transfer deadline unavoidable, the closer negotiations take place to that deadline, the less manoeuvring room Arsenal have.
As things stand, it seems as though the German midfielder wants to remain a Real player but never say never, as Arsenal are in great shape to take advantage of any last minute change of heart.