Arsenal have apparently been given the “green light” to sign highly rated midfielder Granit Xhaka next summer, with a £30.5m bid enough to convince Borussia Monchengladbach to sell, according to the Metro.
Xhaka is being monitored by a number of top clubs, and is tipped to leave Gladbach sooner rather than later. The club director Max Eberl has no intention of letting him leave this January however, so it seems as though we – and anyone else interested in his signature – will have to wait until the summer to make a move.
Eberl suggests a big fee will be required, but opened the door for a potential exit by suggesting anything could happen.
“I don’t know what will happen in the summer,” he said.
“There are always situations a club has to give consideration to. It depends on our sporting success, it depends on the performance of Granit.
“It also depends on the numbers [the amount being offered by clubs], which can go into levels that make you dizzy.”
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After signing Mohamed Elneny this month already, it’s hard to see Arsene Wenger investing in another midfielder too soon. We have a huge number of players able to operate in the box-to-box role already – although with injuries once again scything through us you wouldn’t be able to tell – so unless we see an exit it’s hard to see Xhaka arriving.
On top of that, we’re also reportedly facing competition from cash rich clubs such as Chelsea, who may well blow us out of the water if they want the midfielder desperately enough.
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The Swiss star is certainly a talented young star, but at the moment it seems unlikely he’ll be heading to north London any time soon.