AC Milan want Khedira, but figures prove they can’t challenge Arsenal

Sami Khedira warming up

There are reports in Italy that AC Milan are dreaming of beating Arsenal to Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, but it seems improbable.

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a £100,000 per week deal for Sami Khedira and AC Milan are very unlikely to be able to compete.

Khedira is expected to leave Real Madrid sooner rather with his contract expiring at the end of the season and Arsenal seem to be at the head of the queue.

The Gunners are yet to agree a fee with Real, who reportedly want £15 million, but a good relationship between the clubs and the risk of losing Khedira for free next summer may ease a deal.

However, in Italy it is being reported that Milan transfer guru Adriano Galliani wants to steal Khedira away from Arsenal.

Galliani had an excellent bargain basement summer transfer market and has made swoops for the likes of Keisuke Honda and Jeremy Menez, but surely Khedira is beyond him.

Arsenal are already said to be asking Khedira to halve his wage demands to £100,000, but that sum is much higher than Serie A's top clubs are able to pay.

Milan's top earners in recent times have been Mario Balotelli prior to his departure to Liverpool, who was on around £3.2 million per year and currently Nigel de Jong is on £2.3 million.

Those figures pale in comparison with Arsenal's salaries with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez earning over £7 million.

It is safe to assume that Milan would be hard pressed even to get close to Arsenal's offer, in fact they would probably only be able to manage half.

Given that Milan are in decline and didn't even make it into Europe this season, Galliani would require a piece of genius to lure Khedira.

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