Sami Khedira is set to complete a switch to Arsenal in January having recently agreed to personal terms with the London based club. Shortly before the commencement of this season, an imminent deal reportedly fell through as a compromise couldn’t be reached by both player and club over personal terms but with recent reports oozing out of Spain,indications are that the agreement issues have been sorted out. The German who has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu is in the final season of his contract and Madrid will be keen to offload him while they can still get some funds for the deal. It was he and Angel Di Maria who were tipped to head out of the Bernabeu this summer and many even felt Manchester United could have made a double swoop for both players, but since United already have some other plans, they chose to settle for the Argentine alone.
Though all fingers now point at the emirates as the German midfielder’s final destination, there is still a possibility for clubs that are currently low on midfield options like Manchester United to snap him up. In fact if the current rate of injuries at Old Trafford doesn’t ease up then Louis Van Gaal may be ready to battle Arsenal for the German’s signature. This season, United are one of the clubs worst hit by injury and with summer arrivals Anders Herrera and long serving midfielder Michael Carrick already out, things aren’t going to be rosy. Apart from the injury scare in the midfield, Darren Fletcher is yet to attain the full fitness level that made him the ‘power house’ unit in Manchester United’s midfield few years ago. Marroune Fellaini, since his arrival is yet to stake his claim in the midfield so as it is, United can only rely on just Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind.
To be on the safer side, Van Gaal will be looking to improve his options in the midfield with a proven play maker and has made enquiries on both Arturo Vidal and Kevin Strootman, but the option of Sami provides him with a cheaper option and with Ed Woodward’s claim that United now have lots of funds to spare, Van Gaal might decide to make a move on the German. More so , Arsene Wenger is famed for his extremely prudent nature and might be bidding his time to get Khedira for free when his contract terminates next summer. If the Frenchman tries this logic, then in January, Manchester United can hijack Khedira who from all indications is already frustrated with the developments at Madrid.
In another vein, the World Cup winning star might be keen to join fellow compatriots, Mesuit Ozil and Per Mertesacker at Arsenal, but he isn’t a youngster who might need fellow countrymen to feel at home and chances are that if Arsenal doesn’t move in on time, he might just been open to any other option.