Sami Khedira to Arsenal: Chelsea on alert as deal stalls over wage demands

World Cup winner has reportedly demanded to be Arsenal's highest earner

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Sami Khedira's proposed £23m move to Arsenal has stalled because of his wage demands, allowing Chelsea back in the race for the Real Madrid midfielder.

The German World Cup winner, who missed the final after suffering an injury in the warm-up, has reportedly demanded £150,000 a week at Arsenal, a figure that the Gunners are unwilling to meet.

If a deal of £150,000 per week could be agreed it would see Khedira become Arsenal's highest paid player, surpassing the £130,000 a week that his close friend Mesut Ozil is on. Chelsea reportedly have no issue in meeting Khedira's demands.

The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is already planning ahead if the deal for Khedira cannot be resurrected, with reports that the club are also monitoring Lars Bender's situation at Bayer Leverkusen.


Arsenal have made one purchase this summer, the £35m signing of Chile international Alexis Sanchez, and are expected the announce the transfer of Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United over the next couple of days.