Various reports suggest Granit Xhaka is a transfer target for Roma this summer.
The Italian outfit are set to remodel their team to the taste of new head coach Jose Mourinho, and the Swiss international is of reported interest to him.
He’s a player he faced many times during his spells in the Premier League at clubs he got sacked from, but right now the fee appears to be the sticking point.
Arsenal are seeking something in the region of £25m for the highly experienced midfielder, while the initial bid is reportedly around the £10m mark, so there’s a big gap to make up there.
Xhaka enjoyed a decent season for Arsenal when you don’t remember the two games against Burnley, and is a player much liked and admired by Mikel Arteta. However, the need to sell, and the player’s desire to try something new after 5 years in North London are significant factors.
Since his arrival, the 28 year old has made 220 appearances in all competitions, and twice helped the team to FA Cup success, playing in the 2017 and 2020 finals.
One to keep an eye on.