Why Wenger could turn back on Khedira in favour of Carvalho

Arsene Wenger may give up in his hunt for Real Madrid star Sami Khedira in order to sign William Carvalho, according to the latest Arsenal transfer news.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of established defensive-minded midfielders in the current transfer window - Sami Khedira, Javi Martinez and even Luiz Gustavo -  but are yet to enter the market in order to make official their interest.

The one player perpetually-linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, a player who was reportedly just "hours away" from agreeing a deal three weeks ago, is Real Madrid athlete Sami Khedira, though his £150,000 per week wage demands - recently reduced to £135,000 - seemingly made Arsene Wenger baulk.

Especially when there is potentially a far cheaper alternative on the market.

Khedira could cost Arsenal £24 million in terms of a transfer fee but, with £135,000 per week on a four year basis, that amounts to a total outlay of £52,080,000 with little resale value.

Sporting Lisbon wonderkid William Carvalho, a coveted 22-year-old with great potential, would also command a similar transfer fee but is reportedly receiving a modest weekly wage of £8,000.

O Jogo have already reported a £24 million offer to Sporting Lisbon from Arsenal, the same publication who noted in May that Carvalho is paid a lowly sum compared to Premier League footballers.

If the Portuguese club and Arsenal agreed to the current fee, even if Wenger ratified a salary package that saw Carvalho's wages increase to £50,000 per week, he would still save Arsenal - transfer fee included - £17,680,000 over the space of four years as his combined costs are £34,400,000.

For a near £18 million saving should Wenger veer toward Carvalho rather than Khedira, Arsenal could perhaps afford a transfer fee for another player.

Considering Carvalho compares favourably to Khedira according to this recent statistical analogy, it may go a long way in explaining why the Gunners are taking so long to conclude their transfer business.

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