When the summer transfer window closes in September, Arsenal fans may well need a few days to let their pulses return to a normal rate.
Gunners fans simply aren’t used to the Emirates being such a hub of transfer activity, but you won’t find a single one of them that isn’t over the moon with manager Arsene Wenger changing his, let’s say, careful ways.
With some bright stars already making the switch to north London, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Wenger’s work is done—not a second of it, though.
Arsenal undoubtedly have one of the most-talented squads in the Premier League, but the Frenchman is keen to keep the new recruits coming, starting with Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.
The German has reportedly been on the radar of Wenger for some time, but the Gunners were recently given a boost in their race for his signature.
As Marca revealed, via Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror, Real Madrid are pushing for Khedira to be sold this summer, with the midfielder’s contract at the Bernabeu close to expiring and Bayern Munich looking to snap him up as a freebie when it does.
Ben Jefferson of the Express writes that Bayern Munich have devised a plan to snatch Khedira from Arsenal’s grasp next summer, promising him the lucrative contract that he had previously been demanding.
Giving Khedira the £150,000-per-week contract that the German initially asked for, per Metro, combined with the large transfer fee would break Arsenal’s bank, but Bayern would be in a position to offer him such an astounding wage if he agrees to move to Munich for free.
Wenger needs to move quickly if he’s to get his man, then, and with defensive midfield a position that Arsenal want to improve, he will be willing to do so.
That’ll also work well for Real Madrid, who will be £20 million richer if the German chooses the Emirates over the Allianz Arena.
It seems that the Khedira saga has been dragging on for some time now, though, and fans may well have given up on landing the World Cup winner. However, as talkSPORT’s Stan Collymore revealed, the move is still very much in the pipeline:
Should he make the switch, it seems that Arsenal have fixed every weak link in their system, and Wenger told the club’s official website that he hopes his side now have enough quality to compete in the Premier League next term:
We wanted to add that little bit of quality which we missed in the end. It depends on one or two games at the end of the day. There's 38 games, we finished with 79 points, the winner of the championship had 86 so it was very tight. Hopefully we can get that little bit more quality in the decisive games.
From a necessary signing of Khedira to one that screams luxury, Arsenal have reportedly made a move for Colombian midfielder Juan Quintero.
While a talented attacking midfielder, although considered by some as the poor man’s James Rodriguez, it’s difficult to see where exactly Quintero would fit in at the Emirates, with Arsenal boasting a wealth of attacking talent already.
However, ESPN’s Carl Woswick revealed that reliable, Colombian journalist, Diego Rueda has said that Quintero will arrive at the Emirates on Monday to complete the transfer:
One of Colombia's most reliable journos @diegonoticia says "the possibility of JFQ playing for Arsenal is real. He'll arrive on Monday."— Carl Worswick (@cworswick) July 31, 2014
The 21-year-old is a player that could develop into something special given the right guidance, and while Arsenal can undoubtedly give him that, Wenger is better off focusing on areas of the pitch that he desperately needs to improve.
Khedira should be central to that focus, and if Wenger is willing to put his hand in his pocket once again, then Arsenal will have the look of a team of invincibles next season.