According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Granit Xhaka will leave Arsenal this summer.
Granit Xhaka, set to leave Arsenal at the end of the season. No negotiations over new deal and plan to part ways in June. 🚨⚪️🔴 #AFC
Bayer Leverkusen are in advanced talks to sign him — €15m fee.
Understand personal terms are almost agreed over four year deal — June 2027. pic.twitter.com/0MlyJwNwhm
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 16, 2023
The Swiss international has had probably his best season in red and white, scoring 7 goals and providing 7 assists throughout the campaign.
He signed a new Arsenal contract last year, giving the club an option on him until 2025, but it seems as if he could be on his way, allowing the Gunners to recoup some money for a player who cost £35m back in 2016.
Now 30 years of age (turning 31 in September but until then he remains 30, that’s how it works), Xhaka has had an eventful career in North London – winning two FA Cups under Arsene Wenger in 2017 and Mikel Arteta in 2020.
It does feel slightly surprising that he would want to leave after helping the club back into the Champions League, but there are suggestions there may be family motives at play.
There are also strong rumours about Arsenal’s desire to add both Moises Caicedo and Declan Rice to the midfield roster during the summer, and that can’t happen without at least one or two players going. Perhaps Xhaka will be one.
Still, there are two games to go, Xhaka hasn’t said anything yet, and all eyes will be on the way he waves after the final home game of the season against Wolves next week.
That might tell us something.