The Daily Star claims Arsenal are considering a £20 million move for Bayer Leverkusen owned Christoph Kramer if they fail in their attempts to sign Sami Khedira from Real Madrid.
Kramer is one of the most talented German midfielders current playing in the Bundesliga but where does Arsenal’s interest leave the other Premier League side tipped to sign him; Tottenham Hotspur.
It seems to be a case of two teams who view Kramer as a back up option.
Arsenal’s first choice for that role in front of their back four is Khedira, while Spurs have tried repeatedly to lure Morgan Schneiderlin away from Southampton.
Where Spurs could comfortably beat Arsenal to the Borussia Monchengladbach loanee is if they focus on signing him this winter, pushing interest in Schneiderlin to one side.
That would allow them to consolidate their efforts in terms of negotiations while Arsenal may be spending time trying to get the terms of a complicated deal for Khedira thrashed out.
Arsenal are also arguably more likely to focus on Khedira because oddly, it will save them money.
A January deal for Khedira has been tipped to be in the region of £15-17 million.
In effect, why would Arsenal spend more money for a player who isn’t as good?
Furthermore, that fee for Kramer is also cheaper than the £25 million mentioned in reports of Tottenham’s interest in Schneiderlin.
Mauricio Pochettino seems to be dead keen on trying to lure his ex-Southampton player to White Hart Lane, but Spurs can target Kramer and lay the groundwork of a deal rather than risk Southampton’s anger and get one over on the Gunners in the process.