Granit Xhaka is back in training with Arsenal after it appears his move to Roma has fallen through.
The Swiss international had been strongly linked with a move to Serie A all summer, but the Italian side have consistently failed to meet the Gunners valuation of the player and have not improved their offer for over a month.
As such, Arsenal appear to have called time on the deal and insisted that the 28 year old join up with the team for pre-season training following the extended break after his European Championship involvement.
Xhaka currently has two years left on his contract, and in The Athletic, Amy Lawrence reports (£) that the club are offering the midfielder an extension.
Given that the player was open to leaving this summer, and could probably move more easily next summer with just one year left, it’s difficult to know why he would sign it if he has desires to play somewhere else before the end of his career.
Arsenal might say they want to avoid a situation where a player with 12 months to go can just run down their contract, but recent history has shown us that’s a better situation to deal with than having an aging player with multiple years left.
It remains to be seen what happens, but for now Xhaka is at Arsenal. Maybe Roma will come back with an improved bid before the deadline of August 31st.
However, with a clutch of midfielders still on the books (Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Albert Lokonga, Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira), it doesn’t look as if there’ll be a signing in this area until there’s a departure or two.