After seasons upon seasons acting as Premier League also-rans, Arsenal now appear to be putting together the kind of squad that can mount a serious title charge.
Though Chilean star Alexis Sanchez joined Arsene Wenger's regime at the Emirates earlier this month, the Frenchman still looks keen to dig into his pockets and bring more world-class assets to north London.
He appears pretty close to doing just that, too, as reports suggest that both Sami Khedira and David Ospina will soon be plying their trade in the Premier League.
The former has been the subject of endless transfer speculation in recent weeks, but according to Tom Sheen of The Independent, Wenger has finally got his man.
Sheen writes that Spanish newspaper Sport have confirmed that Khedira will sign for the Gunners on a four-year deal worth £150,000 per week in the next few days.
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The newspaper also says that a fee of £23.1 million has been agreed between the two clubs but has yet to be made official.
With just one year remaining on the German's current deal with Real Madrid, Wenger would have been hoping to land Khedira for a smaller fee, but it appears that £23.1 million is the price that needs paying.
That's due to Madrid being keen on keeping the 27-year-old at the Bernabeu, but as Guillem Balague reported, the player's agent was in no rush to negotiate with the Spanish giants:
Khedira: RM want to renew his contract (1 year left). If he doesn't they will sell him. So far his agent is not in a rush 2 meet club— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) July 12, 2014
Los Blancos' loss will certainly be Arsenal's gain, then, as Khedira has forged himself into one of the brightest midfielders in world football.
The Germany international proved how flexible he can be in the middle of the park during the World Cup in Brazil, pushing forward to devastating effect while also accepting defensive responsibilities.
It's clear that his ability to adjust will be crucial to Arsenal's cause as some of the Gunners' midfielders, for all their brilliance going forward, are less useful defensively. They can now split the responsibility with Khedira.
It's likely that the World Cup winner will be acting as a defensive midfielder for Arsenal, and fans are already getting excited at the prospect of having Khedira in their ranks—Piers Morgan, for example:
If we can lure Khedira too in DM role, and confirm Debuchy - then we have a team. A proper team.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 11, 2014
Another player reportedly soon to be at the Emirates is Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, who is set to complete a £3.2 million move from Nice according to Metro.
The report states that French newspaper Nice Matin have revealed that the transfer fee has been accepted by the Ligue 1 club and Ospina will become a Gunner in the coming days.
Not quite as glamorous as the Khedira transfer, but Ospina proved during the World Cup that he has more than enough about him to rival Wojciech Szczesny for the No. 1 shirt at Arsenal.
With lightning reflexes and a Manuel Neuer-esque determination to act as a 'keeper sweeper, Ospina would be a welcome addition to the Gunners, and it's safe to say that he's a bargain.
That's something The Mirror's Ed Malyon agrees with, considering the lofty fee that Arsenal were quoted to bring in Cardiff City’s David Marshall:
Arsenal quoted £10m for David Marshall and more than that for Alex McCarthy but can likely pick up World Cup star Ospina for £3m. Premium.— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) July 14, 2014
Though landing Ospina and Khedira is reportedly very close, Wenger must now find a way to cross the line and get them to the English capital.
The club are incredibly keen to do just that, too, as chief executive Ivan Gazidis said that, despite landing Sanchez, Arsenal will still have a busy transfer window—per Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard:
We've pulled off a good one with Alexis Sanchez, it's a great signing for us. I'm happy for the club, but there's more work to be done.
Gazidis knows that his side have a great chance of being successful next season, and with Khedira and Ospina on the way, glory is looking more certain than ever.