Report: Xhaka expecting Bundesliga return

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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.

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Sam

45m? Yes please.

Arsenonymous

That would be fantastic business indeed. And give us some budget for a midfielder – or left-back?

BP85

left back? We have two. We can’t be focusing on a signing there.

Trump

Kola to go in the summer. Gases after 60mins

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I would keep Xhaka and let Torreira go.

SB Still

Emery is that you? 😉

Goonshow

Nah – it’s Santori

ScotchEggsRule

Troll…

Cultured determination

Xhaka is hopeless. I’d rather play arteta

SB Still

Best news in many weeks, particularly because of the price quoted.

Forest gooner

Considering his form and attirude, even half of that amount would be good enough.

Man

no hertha, hands off, he’s captain material

Man

Hehe. Suckers

DialSquareGoon

Happy the poo-meter is back. Happy that Xhaka will go.

Xhaka Kaka

Yeah baby.
Or should i say, Ja baby!

goongot

45m for xhaka. Wow

Francesc

Shhhh.. let them pay

StockholmGooner

How about 20m and their best cb?

Duck

10m and they also take Mustafi?

Petit's Handbag

Ozil and Xhaka both rumoured to be leaving. I’d be happy with that if we got in a centre midfielder with legs that work. I’ve heard good things about (insert football manager 20 year old player here)

Frank

Suat Serdar, there’s your player to insert

voster

Emmanuel Petit

Cultured determination

Lookingvat ouf budget arteta probablu signs as player-manager

loose_cannon

45m euros? Whatever they’re smoking in Berlin I want some, err, for medicinal purposes of course!

Fatgooner

This story sounds like Swiss cheese: it’s full of holes. Xhaka isn’t worth 45p let alone 45 euros.

But I’d love it to be true.

Fatgooner

Or even 45 million euros.

Eric Blair

Not in our eyes, but with more and more investors entering football we’ll see more transfer market inflation so it’s perhaps not that unbelievable. Besides, he did well in Germany and is still well regarded here, and in the right team and system, and league, could be a key player.

Ya gooner

@eric thw ultimate goldilocks player.

anonarse

If Hertha thinks he’s worth that, then don’t tell them he isn’t man. You gotta keep your secrets secret.

Berlingoon

To quote him: fuck off

Eric Blair

He’s a man of little words…

Sdamdam

Swap-deal with Salomon Kalou…

Prakhar

Ozil, and now Xhaka? Good news just keeps coming. Joggers begone.
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS FOR THEM TO BE GONE.

Apangu Iddi Amin

I will through party after party and give him fairwell party again so we have to pray that things go on well and they consider him their priority since he cant get settled in EPL.

Tim

Time will tell, but… it’s from Bild.

Eric Blair

So, who are the ‘non-triers’ as they will now be known, who will be moved along unceremoniously?

Freddie said 6, didn’t he? We can assume Xhaka is one, Özil another, any ideas who else is in the firing line?

Ealing

The problem is that the infected the rest of the squad. You start with 2 and may end up with 12, and some of them will be players we hoped they stayed. I feel a change is coming on !!

NorthernGooner

The fact he managed to sneak himself back into the team shows what a bad shape we are in at the moment. After his outburst and non apology, he should never have worn the Arsenal shirt again.

Let the clear up commence. I’m sure we can find a kid or 6 in the academy who will at least put in a better effort.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I disagree. He was right to react to the abuse he was getting. Some fans really needed to f off.

Paul Conny

I’ll drive him. Time for a clean slate. 45 million is optimistic at best though.

Rich

I quite like Xhaka, I’m not blind to any of his flaws, and I certainly wouldn’t say no to a more dynamic, and less error prone upgrade, but that goes for any position….. He’s decent enough, and not as bad as some make out, but the baggage around him now, probably badly makes his future untenable However you could never fault his application, which can’t be said for a fair few inside our squad. If we get £35mill for Xhaka? Would you back Edu and Raul to use that money to upgrade? Or downgrade? As football fans we tend to… Read more »

Big Dave

All this talk about players leaving and hardly any about players coming in, along with a board as tight as arseholes is very worrying.

Bergkamp2Wright

Sure we could have a whip round to pay for his travel to get there.

Goonertilidie

I’d carry his entire family on a rickshaw round the M25 to any airport if it helps get him out!

Ya gooner

My first reaction to the title was good. Then I saw 45m I was like great! Is this how much average midfielders cost now though…

Goonertilidie

Don Arteta is whacking the heads of dressing room disorder!

Laters Granit!

DaDude

If that happened for the quoted amount, it would be my favourite transfer since the acquisition of Dennis Bergkamp. To get rid of this cancer with a profit would not only be amazing, but also rather unexpected.

Berlingoon

Call people cancer isn’t cool. That’s Nazi language. But apart from that, I agree.

Gar14

It’s fans like you that he was telling to [email protected] off. And I fully support that

Manu petits left peg

45 million euros? Not a chance. Don’t get me wrong I’d fucking love it to happen.. But you know… It’s arsenal … we’ll sell him for 10 to 20 million euros max and be paying a portion of his wages…to be fair… Still kinda worth it

Artetatikitaka

If this is true, best for both club and player. We need to find some hard running midfielders like literally every other club in England.

Johno

if they are willing to give us £20m we should snap their hands off!!

Comedian

Lets not do that, they are doing a good thing here, we need not eat them for it.

Big Mad Andy

At least he might get a skills video with all the whores of Malta on it

Public Elneny

He’s a massively flawed player but he’s still comfortably our best midfielder currently. The only one with an ounce of positional sense and acknowledgement of the limitations of his role. Our midfield 100% of the time looks utterly lost without him (OK, sometimes it does with him too). The fans fucked up in this case. £45m is a very good price, but that would absolutely have to be invested in 1 (ideally 2) midfielders with some nouse and athleticism straight away. If there are no targets available this Jan then we need to keep him until the summer. If we… Read more »

Ash

Hertha Berlin are in for a shock. They will say 45mn for Xhaka, and we will say take Xhaka, Ozil, and Luiz for that amount.

Clockendrider

What’s that you say? Taxi for a Mr Xhaka? Form an orderly queue, boys…

jans

Have we finally met a club who are even worse at negotiating a good deal than us?

Hahah that price sounds unreal, lets see.

Jeri

Great news, everyone

Cultured determination

Is herta berlin our new best friend? If they think xhaka is worth 45m, we could work ouf a 100m package for xhaka, ozil and mustafi

Merlin's Panini

45m? lol. no chance we’ll get that… I mean… oh no, please don’t sell him! He’s irreplaceable!

Jelvis

I think he was more irked by the threats against his family on the Internet by fans.

Jayjay

Off you go then. Tata