Roma intending to make new bid for Xhaka this summer

Xhaka’s time at Arsenal seems like it’s coming to an end

According to Football.London, Roma are expected to make a fresh move for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Even though there has been no fresh contact between the clubs since last summer, the Italian giants are still believed to be very interested in the Swiss international.

The report further suggests that Xhaka himself is open to working with the Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho.

Despite being an influential player both on and off pitch at the Emirates Stadium, the 29-year-old’s career in London has been plagued by silly mistakes.

If the Gunners find a good enough replacement, fans will hardly lose any sleep over Xhaka switching the English capital for the Italian.

Plenty of names have already been thrown in the ring. Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz, Wolves’ Ruben Neves and Palmeiras’ Danilo are three names which were heavily linked with the club last month.

Whereas, a deal for Bruno Guimaraes was not pursued with any intensity, while talks of Arthur Melo always revolved around the short-term needs of the club.

Mourinho is believed to be keen on adding Xhaka to his ranks, not just because of what he’s capable of doing on the grass, but also off it, especially in the dressing room.

The Swiss has always been one of the first names on the teamsheet at Arsenal since his arrival in 2016.

He was always on good terms with Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery, Freddie Ljungberg and now Mikel Arteta. Every manager has spoken highly of him which tells a lot about his professionalism.

Thus, it makes a lot of sense that Mourinho is desperate to see the Swiss international in Roma colors and contribute psychologically to a team which has been underwhelming in the past few years.

In the summer, Granit Xhaka might not be the only Arsenal player to move to Rome. Ainsley Maitland-Niles made a temporary switch and might make his stay permanent.

The Englishman has already made five appearances for the Giallorossi and his departure from Emirates almost appears inevitable.

Yash Bisht

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7 Comments

  1. Why would they buy him now if they weren’t willing to meet our price last time?

    Add onto this his renewed contract will certainty increase his price. Someone please logically explain this to me?

    1. More likely the offered fee will be roughly the same as last summer.

      Its funny, next summer even without selling anyone, our squad will be roughly 18-man strong assuming Saliba will be the only one to return to first team.

      If likes of Leno, Xhaka, Cedric, Holding would be sold, we will be about 10 men short!

  2. So nice! After all, Mourinho is such a nice person do us a favour by snatching Xhaka from us. I doubt Xhaka would move, he would see out his contract here then move to BM and end his career there.

  3. based on our current roster construction, those who will be leaving on a free and our pressing needs, which weren’t addressed whatsoever in the last window, I have a sick feeling that we will be subjected to the oft-times uninspiring and inane stylings of this 3-wheeled shopping cart next season…I just don’t see us moving on from him unless someone actually meets our current valuation, which is highly unlikely as it appears to be purposefully unrealistic, or if there’s a managerial change come season’s end

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