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Arsenal plan summer move for Sami Khedira and Lars Bender

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Sami Khedira45 Arsenal plan mega £39.3m offer for German midfield duo Arsenal are planning to prepare a raid on Germany players as they are targeting a double swoop for Sami Khedira and Lars Bender.

The Gunners completed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, who was their first signing of the summer transfer window. The North London club’s manager Arsene Wenger wants to add more players to strengthen his side to challenge for the title next season.

Khedira was sidelined for most part of the last season due to an injury and returned to action in the final stages of the campaign. He started during Real Madrid’s victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final.

Despite his injury last season, the 27-year-old midfielder was fit enough to make it to the Germany squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Khedira’s starring performance in his side’s midfield has Joachim Low’s side make it to the finals of the tournament, after eliminating Brazil.

Khedira has one year left on his contract and has rejected a chance to sign a new deal. With his stellar performance in the World Cup, Rea could allow the German international leave the Spanish capital club for a fee around £20m.

Any hope for Arsenal in signing Khedira could see them face competition from Chelsea. The German star has played under the Blues manager Jose Mourinho, while the two were at Santiago Bernabéu.

The Portuguese tactician is keen on beating the Gunners in sealing a deal for Khedira. However, Wenger would be hopeful that German international Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker could convince their compatriot to join them at the Emirates.

Lars Bender1 Arsenal plan mega £39.3m offer for German midfield duo Meanwhile, the French manager is also believed to be interested in securing a deal for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder. Wenger has long been an admirer of Bender and even made an approach for him last summer – only to be rejected by the Bundesliga outfit.

Bender was included in Germany’s 30-man provisional squad for World Cup. However, a thigh injury ended his hope of making it to the summer tournament in Brazil. That has not stopped Wenger is making an approach for the holding midfielder. He is valued to around £19.3m.

Arsenal have the services of Mikel Arteta as their man in the defensive midfield position. The best option for the Gunners is not to sign both, but chose either Khedira or Bender.

Bender, 25, is two years younger than Khedira and is a proper holding midfielder, supporting his defenders. Meanwhile, the Real star sometimes prefers to go forward and make those runs when his team is attacking.

Also, some good news for the Gunners faithful as Newcastle United defender Mathieu Debuchy is all but set to complete his £10m move to the Emirates. He will be the replacement for Bacary Sagna, who joined Manchester City on a free transfer.

Wenger should also focus on signing a central defender, especially when Thomas Vermaelen’s future at the club looks uncertain. The Belgium international is target for incoming Manchester United manger Louis van Gaal and could make a switch to Old Trafford after the World Cup.

Comments (9)

  1. Sven bender is a proper defensive midfielder, lars is similar to khedira. However, I am sure that any of the 3 if not all of them would be an improvement on the likes of arteta flamini diaby coquelin galindo

  2. sign khedira

  3. Crazy how we Arsenal fans think.We were blaming Alex Song for not being desciplined when it comes to his defensive responsibilities and here we are crying for Khedira to be signed who even does worse in bumping forward.If you want somebody who will protect our back4 then i say Khedira is not the best option but he could be a proper box to box midfielder who can come back and defend,something Alex Song did very well for us.So in my opinion i think Morgan Shneiderlin is the best option.Isn’t somebody who will protect our back4 what we want? We already have one of the best box to box midfielders in Ramsey.

  4. WhAt a coup go get em Mr Wenger show grit and determination and the players will follow sorry not telling u how to suck eggs but GAME on , happy gooners everywhere so far , Sanchez the great

  5. As football fan, now i’m starting to think this Mourhino of a guy is brainless, i think he wastes much of his time concentrating on opponents and planning how to hijack other clubs target. By the way, I thought chelsea already have excessive midfielders including Fab, Matic, Harzard, Oscar, to mention just a few.
    Well, i very much doubt if Khedira will join him (and if he does, i’m sure Arsenal have back-up options).
    Many clever players now understands he is only living in the past and they also realise that his style of football is retarded and ugly. Honestly speaking, Arsenal and Arsenal fans have nothing to worry about.

  6. By the way, what im about saying is off irrelevant to the article but i think its worth mentioning…
    It has been written on Yahoo, Daily Mail & Daily Mirror this morning that Mourhino is plotting a move to hijack Khedira form Arsenal.
    As football fan, now i’m starting to think this Mourhino of a guy is brainless, i think he wastes much of his time concentrating on opponents and planning how to hijack other clubs target. By the way, I thought chelsea already have excessive midfielders including Fab, Matic, Harzard, Oscar, to mention just a few.
    Well, i very much doubt if Khedira will join him (and if he does, i’m sure Arsenal have back-up options).
    Many clever players now understands he is only living in the past and they also realise that his style of football is retarded and ugly. Honestly speaking, Arsenal and Arsenal fans have nothing to worry about.

    Please share ur opinions here, thanks Gooners!

  7. I tink lars bender is a good option because is still young and his wage bill is lower than that of sami khedira

  8. I don’t c the purpose of even looking at Khedira…Now Lars is a player we could kinda do with…But we shud B looking for those 2 world class defenders & specially a killer striker or at atleast one of world class stature…Why wanger ddint sign the combination worth of both Lukaku & Pedro only He knows…if we don’t have a true final executioner of the ball infront;how can we as GOONERS say we flying as a club 2 beat again(the invincibles)…No dstrepect on our current average strikers…we need atleast 1 potent finisher…& 2me Pedro was & is a cheaper alternitive,than ur cavani & benzima’s…but with all the qualities of a world class striker…plus he fits in2 Arsenals way of playing ;as barca & Arsenal share a common culture in how we play…& If we cnt get lars back….Hell word was barca are no longer true fans of Song any longer & he is truly a defensive midfielder we could do with…After all he is a son of the gooner…Hell; I miss the days wen we played Arsenal original football with our legendary 4-4-2 4mat…things change,but somethings shud remain the same…!!!

  9. Like many I WD like a DM in the mold of Gilberto not Khedira. Bender is much he I WD prefer. We also need a striker and a cover CB, what if Kos or Per get injured? Needless to say a GK to challenge Schezny. I expect to have Campbel on top of all above mentioned acquisitions. Then we can start challenging.