According to a report in German publication Bild, Granit Xhaka has informed his Arsenal teammates that he’ll be leaving the club in January.
They claim that Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin are willing to smash their transfer record to sign the Switzerland international by offering the Gunners €45 million.
As Arseblog columnist Lewis Ambrose says, it seems unlikely, but not impossible.
“Hertha got a new ambitious investor in the summer, so it’s not impossible. It seems a weird one though – their transfer record (set in the summer) is €20m and that’s the only time they’ve ever spent more than €10m on someone.”
Xhaka has a contract at the Emirates until 2023 but there’s little to suggest he’s wed to sticking things out that long. He was obviously irked at the way he was stripped of the captaincy after reacting badly to being jeered off by supporters in November’s draw with Crystal Palace.
While he’s since returned to action, a return to the Bundesliga, where he previously starred for Borussia Moenchengladbach, would make sense. More so than a move to Newcastle or AC Milan who were both also tipped to make an approach.
A pre-Christmas return for the poo-ometer. He could well go. But he might be a stretch for Hertha’s budget.