According to The Times (£), Arsenal will look to offload Granit Xhaka in January with Newcastle United a possible destination.
Stripped of the Gunners captaincy earlier this week, the 27-year-old is now concerned that Unai Emery could enforce a prolonged spell on the sidelines that would jeopardise his chances of representing Switzerland at next summer’s European Championships. He’s been absent from three squads so far and isn’t expected to play a part against Leicester on Saturday.
Recognising that it’s going to be very hard for Xhaka to rehabilitate his relationship with supporters who provoked a reaction from the player by jeering him off the pitch during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, the Gunners hierarchy are said to be willing to sanction a sale.
Xhaka was signed by Arsene Wenger from Borussia Moenchengladbach for the best part of £35 million and has gone on to make 143 appearances. After signing a contract extension last year he’s tied to Arsenal until 2023 on wages around the £130,000 a week mark.
Presumably, Newcastle won’t be the only side sniffing around the Swiss. He might not be everyone’s cup of tea but he’s still widely admired by teammates both at domestic and international level.