Xhaka Describes Arsenal As ‘Awesome’ After Gladbach Confirm Deal Has Been Agreed
Granit Xhaka has fuelled talk of a move to Arsenal after describing the Gunners as an ‘awesome club’ after Gladbach confirmed a deal is in place for his sale
The opening of the summer transfer window is fast approaching so we’ll bring you all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from around the globe. Today, Granit Xhaka talks-up a move to Arsenal…
Granit Xhaka has fuelled talk of a move to Arsenal after describing the Gunners as an ‘awesome club’ after Borussia Monchengladbach confirmed a deal is in place for his sale this summer.
Xhaka has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in recent months and the Evening Standard reported last week that we’d formalised our interest after tabling a £33.8m bid.
That offer was believed to have fallen just short of Gladbach’s initial valuation but the Mirror then claimed earlier this week that we’d agreed a deal in principal with the Bundesliga club for Xhaka’s signature.
Gladbach then confirmed last night that they have an agreement in place for the Swiss international but refused to confirm the bidding club. The Daily Star quote Gladbach as saying on their website:
“There has been a specific offer for the Swiss midfielder [Xhaka].
“[We have] an agreement with the interested club but [it] is still pending.”
Obviously it’s been assumed that Arsenal are the club in question given the amount of speculation surrounding a move to the Emirates and Xhaka himself has now fuelled the fire even further after telling reporters that Arsenal are an ‘awesome club’.
Speaking at a press conference following the announcement of the Swiss national squad for Euro 2016, Xhaka was quizzed about his proposed move to Arsenal and he’s quoted by Swiss newspaper Blick as saying:
“As of today I am Gladbach. But London is beautiful city – and Arsenal is an awesome club “.
So I think it’s safe to say that given all of the evidence above, Xhaka’s move to Arsenal is close to completion. The player has said several times that he wants things resolved before the start of Euro 2016 on June 10th, but I think it will be wrapped-up before the end of this month.
Let’s hope that turns out to be the case as Xhaka would be an excellent signing for Arsenal. With Arteta and Flamini leaving next month we desperately need to bring in another midfielder and the 23-year-old is exactly the type of player we need.
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He’s a deep-lying playmaker who’s known for his superb passing range and is also not afraid of the physical side of the game – 8 red cards in his career so far is testament to that – so I think he’ll fit in perfectly at the Emirates.
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