Arsene Wenger is set to continue improving his Arsenal squad after the capture of Alexis Sanchez, as momentum builds toward the potential signings of Sam Khedira and Mathieu Debuchy.
While the latter deal appears to be as good as done, Khedira is making noise toward an Emirates switch, reported by the Spanish press.
Ben Burrows of the Mirror provides the latest details on Real Madrid's German midfielder:
Sami Khedira is pushing for a move to Arsenal, according to reports in Spain. The German international is reported to have rejected a contract offer from Real Madrid.
[...] El Confidencial suggest that a new two-year deal is on offer at the Bernabeu but that the midfielder is considering his options.
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Anthony Chapman of the Express notes a fee of around £24 million could be offered for the German star, whose incisive runs from deep played a major role during his country's 7-1 demolition of Brazil on Tuesday night. Burrows suggests club-high wages of £150,000 per week may be a "stumbling block," but it seems a deal could be struck if the intricacies can be tied up.
Khedira would add world-class quality to Arsenal's currently lightweight midfield. Often an under-the-radar type of player, he is energetic, smart on the ball and a hard tackler. Khedira is the type of team player needed for more explosive stars to shine, someone who adds balance to flamboyancy, but can also make an impression when attacking.
He's used to being overlooked at Real and sometimes with Germany, but he would likely be an instant star in North London. Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are currently Wenger's best defensive midfield options, neither of whom fill the opposition with a sense they are to be physically overworked and battered into submission.
While Abou Diaby remains at the club, his lack of fitness means he made just one Premier League substitute appearance last season, per WhoScored.com. At 28 years old, it's doubtful he'll ever become the player Wenger will have hoped for.
The same can be said for youngster Carl Jenkinson, who is yet to fully impress at right-back for the club. Bacary Sagna's departure indicates the 22-year-old may be ready to step up, but the boss has quickly killed that notion by all but confirming the transfer of Debuchy from Newcastle, who may be interested in seeing Jenkinson go the other way, reported by David Kent of the Daily Mail.
Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon confirmed he spoke to Wenger recently, who admitted he is pleased with his work in the transfer market:
Just spoke to Arsene. He's very happy about Sanchez and Debuchy— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) July 10, 2014
Jenkinson's place in the squad is further called into question by reports suggesting Arsenal will go for Atletico Madrid right-back Javi Manquillo, per Kent. A season-long loan with the view to signing a permanent deal is touted for the 20-year-old, who made three La Liga appearances last year.
Arsenal fans can certainly look forward to a busy summer. Prior to paying off the Emirates, Wenger's spending may have been limited to the marquee capture of Sanchez. He is now looking to improve his squad across the board with a mixture of proven quality and developing youth, an exciting prospect for the club's supporters.
Both Khedira and Debuchy represent smart signings for the French boss, who will be determined to take his side beyond fourth during the 2014-15 campaign.