Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires says that his former boss Arsene Wenger should consider signing Sami Khedira from Real Madrid in January or in the summer. It is widely believed that the German international is on the market for around £ 10 million, a figure that should depreciate substantially going into the January transfer window. This is because of his contractual situation. Khedira is contracted to Real Madrid only until the summer and he can sign for the club for a free beyond June 30. Madrid have been trying to negotiate a new contract for a long time, but it appears that the player seems intent on moving on.

Rather than allow him to leave without receiving any transfer fee, Madrid are now looking to cash in on the player. At 27 years of age, Khedira comes into the market at the peak of his powers. He is a defensive midfielder who can also get forward and score goals. After spending a substantial amount of money in the last few transfer windows, Arsenal are yet to reap the rewards. Some have been critical of the players Arsenal have spent money on. The Premier league outfit have not made enough strengthening in the defensive area of the page according to many, including former Arsenal great Pires.

“He [Wenger] needs a big player in the middle, like Vieira, strong, tall, because this position is very important for the balance between attack and defence. The quality is there but you need more, maybe [someone] like Yaya Toure in middle. He reminds me of Patrick Vieira, maybe they have an opportunity with Khedira. It is likely in the January window. He played very well with Germany. My advice is if he can buy Khedira he can be the Vieira, more aggression in the middle,” said Pires.