Former Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld has claimed Carlo Ancelotti’s side are keen on signing Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.
The Switzerland international only moved to the Gunners from FC Basel last summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £30 million.
The 24-year-old has not had quite the impact at Arsenal that was expected and his disciplinary record has come under scrutiny after two red cards this season.
Xhaka has also been booked in each of his last five Arsenal games and has eight yellow cards for the season and just three goals in 32 appearances in all competitions.
However, Hitzfeld claims he has attracted interest from Bayern Munich who could be on the lookout for a midfielder with Xabi Alonso having announced he will retire at the end of the season.
“Bayern certainly has Xhaka on the radar,” he told SportBild.
- Arsenal To Finalise Lacazette Deal Next Week
- Watford Pull Out Of Deal To Sign Kieran Gibbs After Player Demands £80,000 Per Week
- Arsenal Want Jack Butland To Become Petr Cech’s Long-Term Successor
“Xhaka is always a topic of conversation for current top clubs and his development is not yet completed.”
Hitfzeld’s comments come as something of a surprise with Xhaka having endured a somewhat frustrating first campaign in England, despite showing flashes of his quality.
His disciplinary record also appears to have frustrated Arsene Wenger who does not seem to fully trust his summer signing just yet in big games.
The Arsenal boss admitted back in January he had advised Xhaka not to tackle as it was not his greatest asset after he was sent off in the 2-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates.
Xhaka’s penchant for red cards was, however, well-known before he signed and the Swiss star’s red against Burnley was his ninth in three years – the most of any player in Europe’s top five divisions since the start of last season.