Several reports have suggested that Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira in a transfer worth around £100,000 per week.
An area that Arsene Wenger didn’t address during the summer transfer window was holding midfield, but it appears the German could be on his way to north London this winter.
If the reported wage deal is accurate then it would seem Arsene Wenger has pulled off a masterstroke because not only is £100k per week good value for the Gunners, it’s significantly less than Khedira is thought to have originally wanted.
It’s good value compared to what various players from Arsenal’s rivals already earn.
Wayne Rooney earns £300,000 per week and his Manchester United teammate Radamel Falcao is thought to earn well over that figure.
The wage deal for Khedira is also under what Liverpool pay right-back Glen Johnson; a reported £110,000 which the Reds are trying to reduce in new contract talks.
Reports in July which talked about Arsenal’s summer interest in Khedira suggested that the German was holding out for a deal that would see him rank amongst the higher earners at Arsenal and in the Premier League.
He was apparently asking for a deal worth £200,000 per week which would have been similar to his wages with Real Madrid.
A 50% reduction means Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have shown some very silky negotiation skills of the German has backed down in the matter via his representatives.
Wenger has always maintained a socialist policy when it comes to wages because he’s been trying to prevent a situation similar to he wage deals enjoyed by Rooney and Falcao at United.
He’s tried to prevent the matter from getting out of control, which benefits Arsenal when it comes to financial fair play and creating funds and profits in other areas as a result.
There’s still a long way to go before Khedira becomes an Arsenal player and a lot of big ifs to deal with but £100,000 per week represents a great deal for a world class midfielder.