Arsenal are getting ready to supply Granit Xhaka, who had seemed to be heading for the Emirates Stadium exit door, a brand new contract.
The 28-year-old had been tipped to join Jose Mourinho at Roma this season, ending a tumultuous five-year spell in north London that has seen the Switzerland worldwide swing between fan favorite and pantomime villain.
However Roma’s curiosity seems to have waned and an acceptable bid has not been forthcoming. That, reported by The Athletic, might result in recent phrases for Xhaka at Arsenal, prolonging his keep on the membership and doubtlessly ending the pursuit of different midfield targets.
Arsenal had been eyeing strikes for Wolves’ Ruben Neves, Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes among others, however these plans could now be shelved if Xhaka does find yourself staying on the membership.
Albert Sambi Lokonga has already joined from Anderlecht, becoming a member of Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny as Mikel Arteta’s anchor choices, whereas Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira stay on Arsenal’s books – although all of their long-term futures stay unclear.
Manuel Locatelli is one other participant who has been linked with Arsenal, however the Italian – who impressed for his nation throughout their profitable Euro 2020 marketing campaign – is more likely to be part of Juventus, now again below the administration of serial winner and former boss Massimiliano Allegri.
Xhaka staying put should not have any have an effect on on Arsenal’s want to signal extra artistic, ahead pondering midfielders. Leicester’s James Maddison fits that profile, whereas curiosity stays in Actual Madrid’s Martin Odegaard – he spent the second half of final season on mortgage at Arsenal.
The Gunners are additionally closing in on Brighton’s Ben White. The 23-year-old has been present process a medical forward of a £50m transfer, and he’ll be tasked with including stability to an Arsenal defence in determined want of freshening up.