The transfer rumour mill is moving as fast as we can remember in recent times. Just hours after saying he’d be honoured to be Arsenal captain next season, Granit Xhaka is being linked with a move to Inter Milan.
Apparently ‘whispers’ from inside the Swiss training camp ahead of their Nations League game against Portugal tomorrow are the source, so the pinch of salt with this one is pretty hefty.
RSI Sports reporter Marcello Ierace who is with Switzerland squad in Portugal says there are ‘intensifying whispers’ within the camp that Xhaka is close to join Inter Milan. He claims discussions accelerated after Conte’s appointment. pic.twitter.com/RNzAXnk5dc
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However, the same reporter has also suggested Xhaka has refused to deny the story, adding a bit more fuel to the fire.
At 27, and after three seasons at the club, it might well be a good time to cash in on a player who has had some good times but never been quite able to iron out the flaws in his game. The slower pace of Serie A would also suit his game very well.
However, with a midfield replacement for Aaron Ramsey already required, Mesut Ozil’s future up in the air, and Mohamed Elneny a player Unai Emery barely uses, it would mean an almost complete rebuild of our midfield if we were to move all three on.
Of that trio, Xhaka seems the most sensible ‘keep’ option, to provide a bit of continuity, but maybe there’s an offer that will sway Arsenal.
We’re not fully convinced there’s a great deal to this, but we’ll hedge our Poo-o-Meter bets with a 6.