Reports in the Netherlands suggest that Arsenal have an interest in PSV’s Xavi Simons.
The 20 year old had an impressive season for the Eredivisie runners up, scoring 19 goals and creating 9 assists in the league, and according to vi.nl, it has caught the eye of Mikel Arteta as he looks to strengthen his squad for next season.
They cite the Arsenal manager’s ability to develop young players as a key ingredient, and while his former club PSG have an option to bring him back, PSV are free to sell to anyone else for an agreed fee.
Simons played against the Gunners twice last season, impressing in both Europa League encounters, and the versatile attacking midfielder has recently changed agent. He is now represented by Darren Dein, son of former vice-chairman David, but it’s hard to say whether this makes a move to Arsenal more or less likely.
Meanwhile, the Swiss press report that Bayern Munich are trying to hijack Granit Xhaka’s move to Bayer Leverkusen, tabling a three year deal for the 30 year old.
The appeal of working with Xabi Alonso, and the possibility of a post-playing career role is said to have Xhaka favouring Leverkusen, but we’ll have to wait and see what kind of transfer fees are on offer.
His current deal with Arsenal has one year left to run with an option for one more.