Arsenal prepared to swap Granit Xhaka plus cash for Nigerian midfield star.

Arsenal has begun plans to revamp their squad following the appointment of Mikel Arteta as their new manager.

The Gunners have been underperforming for much of this season and there have been calls for a number of their players to be sold, while other stars have been unsettled.

A report from Leicester Mercury is claiming that the Gunners are prepared to offer Granit Xhaka to Leicester plus cash in exchange for Wilfried Ndidi.

Ndidi has been one of the best midfielders in the Premier League since he joined the Foxes in January 2017.

His form has attracted the attention of several top European sides in the past, but Arsenal is confident that they can land him.

In addition to Xhaka, the Gunners are prepared to add a 40million transfer fee to sweeten the move.

Xhaka has fallen out with the Gunnersโ€™ fans and he has been playing under Freddie Ljungberg because the Gunners donโ€™t have a better alternative to him.

Xhaka is reportedly part of a list of players that Arteta has been told he can offload to raise funds for other transfers.

Arteta would probably give the Swiss midfielder a chance to impress him before deciding to sell him off.

26 Comments

  1. nobody in d league is better than ndidi in his position… I was surprised when Arsenal left that guy and went for toriera.. now we want to sign him when it’s difficult to pay for him.. same old arsenal

    1. ArsenalWhy says:

      I know, we always seem late to the party. Always working backwards and making things difficult for ourselves. I doubt this rumour though.

      1. ozziegunner says:

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  2. Lugdush says:

    Would be awesome…torreira plus ndidi…super nice

  3. Difficult to believe. Why would Leicester want Xhaka? And will Ndidi come to Arsenal? Anyway if it works out nothing like it.

    1. Adajim says:

      Ndidi would love the idea of playing for arsenal, however I doubt Leicester will agree to terms. How I wish this is true but the ‘little boy’ inside me say it’s just rumors

  4. Shakir says:

    Xhaka has been playing good recently.If he can improve his pace and defense under MA,its better to keep him.We also lack leaders and he sure is a leader.(The bust up with the fans was an unfortunate uncident)

  5. S says:

    Who cares, we’re the only club that actually licenses players to do crap when they come here. They then have the best football of their lives once they leave us. Don’t be surprised when, if this swap deal goes through, Xhaka is the better footballer.
    Players aren’t the problem. Man at the top is.

  6. James says:

    Always going for plan B which is a downfall to plan A

  7. Lenohappy says:

    This must be a Christmas joke, Xhaka for Ndidi, I mean the same Ndidi who have been the best in his position for the past 3 seasons now. Ndidi will cost nothing less than 50million and why would he even want to come to Arsenal. But If the board can make it happen that will be the best transfer they’ve made for more than 9 years because he will definitely improve us and he’s still very young.

  8. Restless says:

    Sometimes I wonder about the people who are scouting for Arsenal. Few games after he arrived in England I knew Arsenal could use a player like Ndidi as he was the closest player to Patrick Vieira. Now we want to pat about 70m million pounds for him. One day we will also be willing to pay 100M for Chukwueze of Villareal despite the fact he has been available for a while now.

  9. Mich says:

    I love arsenal and ndidi will be a better addition to our team.

    1. Reggie says:

      Sell! Sell! Sell! Arteta would really get my attention if he sold xhaka, ozil and mustaffi this January. Get rid of the trio of perennial under performers.

  10. Sue says:

    Yes Ndidi ๐Ÿ˜‚ Unfortunately, I can’t see Leicester selling many, if any, of their starting 11… why would they?!

    1. Lenohappy says:

      Sue Am very sure even if they are selling it will not be Ndidi, that guy is arguably there best player, he’s always present hardly get injured and he always gives 100%. If only we can have someone like him protecting our back 4, Torrera and Xhaka together can’t do what he does. But you never can tell, Arsenal gave us Auba and Pepe they may yet surprise us with Ndidi.

      1. Sue says:

        Not long and the window will be open! I hope we have a few incomings and outgoings (yes, it’s a lot to ask, I know ๐Ÿ˜€)
        Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Lenohappy ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Rkw says:

    Won’t happen but intent is correct …the sooner this fraudulent footballer is gone the sooner we can move on … Will hav to take a loss but anything above 20m is acceptable … One of the worst buys I can remember … Indicative of the lost final years of wenger era … If e can find a uality midfielder and a decent defender … Probably a right back as No one will be willing to sell quality CB in January

  12. Roshan says:

    Thomas Partey is similar and more likely to happen. His contract is also running down and the rumours of him wanting to come to Arsenal.

    Sangare and Zakaria are younger cheaper options

  13. Grandad says:

    Pure speculation.Why on earth would Leicester City consider such a proposal.They are a well run, well managed Club.

    1. SueP says:

      Exactly!

  14. Truth says:

    we have no money. how can we pay 40 million to any club? we need to sell first and as we saw this past summer not too many clubs want our deadwood let alone pay decent prices for them.

    Time to wake up and smell the stench coming from our deadwood.

    IMO our best chance is to sell one or both of our strikers and invest the money smarter than we have been doing over the past years.

    We have invested loads of money but rarely hit a home run. Xhaka, Mustafi, Ozil, Laca, Pepe all big-ticket investments who have not (yet in Pepe’s case) worked out the way they should have.

    1. Jimmy James says:

      Agree 100% with this comment. Recruitment and contracts must improve otherwise we will continue in a downward spiral whoever theHead Coach is. Iโ€™m sure Arteta is aware of this so hopefully we will start to get this right. We desperately need some experienced players this window especially in midfield. Preferably some physically strong players.

  15. Petit says:

    Ndidi is exactly what Arsenal currently need. But unfortunatel, he recently renewed his contract and wouldn’t be coming cheap. If Arsenal is willing to splash the cash, we can get him by working through Kanu Nwankwo who all Nigerian footballers adore. He wouldn’t cost anything less than ยฃ60m now.

  16. MrBrisse says:

    Are we talking reality or Football manager 2020? There is no way rodgers would agree to that swap. They would rather accept 40million and no Xhaka than a deal with xhaka. I just hope that Arteta have been promised funds in Jan before he signed the contract.

  17. Ackshay says:

    Unlikely to happen but imagine torreira and ndidi protecting the back 4.

  18. HG says:

    Don’t post such nonsense article. No need for liecester to sell or need xhaka. They are second in the league and in a better position to finish too 4

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