Borussia Monchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka has been touted as our top transfer target ahead of the summer window opening, but the player himself has rubbished reports linking him to Arsenal, suggesting the rumours about talks with Arsene Wenger are nothing but nonsense, as reported by the Express.
The 23-year-old has been linked with us for quite some time, with a £35m (via the Express) transfer being tipped for completion this summer. It’s thought that Wenger sees him as a long-term replacement for some of our outgoing stars, with the likes of Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky coming to the end of their careers.
Reports have even suggested that Wenger met with Xhaka’s father and agent to discuss terms, but the Swiss international has denied everything.
“I’ve heard what’s being said and written and my response is that it’s all nonsense,” Xhaka told the German Express.
“There have been no negotiations with Arsene Wenger. It’s just rumours and speculation and it’s been like that for a year now.
“If some claim that my father has been to London for talks, they should show us the photos.”
Just because Xhaka is denying any contact between his father and Wenger, that doesn’t mean that all stories linking him with a move to Arsenal are rubbish.
We may well still be showing an interest in the talented midfielder, even if no meetings have been held and nothing concrete has been agreed. The links have been swirling around for quite some time now, and while this saying may not hold quite so true when it comes to football, they do say there is no smoke without fire.
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Xhaka would certainly be an interesting signing, and would offer us something different in midfield. He definitely seems like the type of player that would appeal to Arsene Wenger, but the price tag Borussia Monchegladbach seem likely to put on his head may turn the Frenchman off a little.