Arsenal have offered Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira a contract, according to journalist Nicolò Schira.
It is thought Juventus are willing to let the Germany international go for free as he doesn’t feature in manager Maurizio Sarri’s plans for next season.
The links for a move away comes after the signings of Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey on free transfers, which could see Khedira’s chances become even more limited.
With reports surrounding the future of Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey’s free transfer to Juventus, a move for the German midfielder seems to be an option for the club if reports are true. Khedira would be the second Juventus star to join Arsenal on a free transfer following Stephan Lichtsteiner, who joined in last summer’s transfer window.
Still, there should be huge red flags over the World Cup winners’ recent injury history and this should deter Arsenal from signing him. In the last three seasons, Khedira has suffered as many as 10 different injuries (per Transfermarkt) that have limited his playing time and last season saw the German play just 17 games in all competitions.
Signing experienced heads doesn’t necessarily mean the player will be successful and with Khedira’s injury history, he may not have the legs to play in the middle of the park for Arsenal. For example, by comparing the two on WhoScored, you can see Granit Xhaka outdid the World Cup winner in almost every available metric last season and the fact the ex-Real Madrid ace has played fewer and fewer games every season since 2016/17 should also be a worry.
Arsenal are seemingly gearing up for a fresh new start after overhauling their recruitment team. Along with that has come a new idea of implementing younger players, whether that is done via the transfer market, with signings like Dani Ceballos, or by dipping into their Hale End academy, with Joe Willock impressing in pre-season.
A mixture of history and a new strategy should see Arsenal move away from signing Khedira. The 32-year-old’s fitness worries and the influx of youngsters in Arsenal’s midfield means the club shouldn’t sign him.
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