Arsene Wenger has confirmed that his scouting team are working on a list of transfer targets for the summer as media speculation continues to link Arsenal with a move for Borussia Moenchengladbach’s midfielder, Granit Xhaka.
Reports this week have claimed the Gunners have watched the 23-year-old Swiss more than 30 times over the course of the season and could be preparing a £30 million offer when the window opens.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Armenian midfielder providing the grease in Borussia Dortmund’s midfield, has also been mooted as a possible target.
Asked in his pre-Watford press conference about the link with Xhaka, Wenger said: “At the moment, we start to analyse, work and to get little lists of names. It’s not the moment to come out with names.
Asked specifically by the Evening Standard’s James Olley if Xhaka is on that list, the boss laughed before joking: “I’ll send you the list if you want.”
Whether Granny Chuka or Ricky Mickytarzan (seriously we’re not spending the next 5 years looking up how to spell those names) are on the list or not, it’s clear that with Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini all out of contract, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain often injured and Mohamed Elneny off to the African Cup of Nations in January, we’re going to need reinforcements in midfield.
That little list had better have a lot of names on it.