Arsenal have agreed in principle an £11million move to bring Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedria to the Emirates Stadium in January, according to the Express.
The German international, who played a huge part in his country’s World Cup triumph in Brazil this summer, has reportedly agreed to a £140,000-a-week deal to sign for the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger had been after the 27-year-old all summer but a deal failed to materialise and the Frenchman ended the transfer window without a new centre-half or a commanding defensive midfielder, despite splashing out £72million on five new faces.
And after suffering a number of injuries in the opening few weeks of the season, as well as seeing Mikel Arteta putting in unconvincing performances, Wenger admits he is short on ‘physical presence’ in midfield.
He said: “I’m happy with the signings but we still need a physical presence with prodigious ability like Vieira or Petit.”
The Gunners have also been linked with big money moves for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Borussia Dortmund star Lars Bender, all which were the subject of failed transfer bids last summer.
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