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Personal terms are apparently agreed between Arsenal and Granit Xhaka (via Goal), with the Swiss international edging closer and closer to a north London switch. This comes during a time when Borussia Monchengladbach have also confirmed an official bid has been lodged by an unnamed club, with Goal‘s sources claiming Arsenal are the club in question.
The 23-year-old is seemingly on his way to Arsenal this summer, with the two teams potentially just arguing over the final price tag. Arsene Wenger is known for his penny pinching, and if he thinks he can knock a few million off the cost of Xhaka then you can bet he’s going to do his best to lower the price.
The Bundesliga side are still seemingly quibbling over the price, with Wenger potentially looking to lower the €30 million fee being touted (via Goal). On their official website they confirmed the bid though, unfortunately suggesting that an agreement was yet to be reached.
“Sporting director Max Eberl has confirmed that there has been a specific offer for the Swiss midfielder,” the post read.
“An agreement with the interested club is still pending.”
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It would be fantastic to see Wenger get some business done early for a change, as it’s something the Frenchman certainly isn’t known for. We normally have to wait until deadline to see any type of marquee signings through the door, but that looks like it may well be different this summer.
The fact that the 66-year-old has hinted that there will be at least three signings ahead of the 2016/17 season certainly bodes well (via The Evening Standard), and hopefully for once the manager addresses all the issues at the club rather than relying on injury stricken players to fill the gaps when they return.
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Xhaka should be the first of several signings through the door, but hopefully we see a deal done before the Euros kick off at the earliest.