Xhaka is Arsene Wenger's top summer target..

Arsenal prepare to make £24m bid for Granit Xhaka

Published 15 Comments

Arsenal have made their first significant move ahead of the summer transfer window after launching a formal offer for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, reports The Mirror.

The bid is believed to be worth £24million – enough to make him the third biggest signing in Arsenal's history – but Monchengladbach are thought to be holding out for around £32m.

While they may be some way apart in their valuations of Xhaka, the Gunners are confident of getting a deal agreed. Their early bid is a signal of their intent to get this deal done before the midfielder joins the Swiss national team for Euro 2016 in May.


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article:

Article continues below

Switzerland face a friendly with Belgium on the 28th May in their last warm-up before the competition gets underway in France. Xhaka is likely to be a key player for the Swiss and all transfer talks would likely be put on hold.

But Arsene Wenger seems determined to get his business done as early as possible and the bid made by him is a huge signal of intent in what has been a disappointing season at the Emirates Stadium.

Article continues below

Statement of intent

Even at £24m, Xhaka would become Arsenal's third most expensive signing, only trailing the £35m paid for Alexis Sanchez in 2014 and the £42.4m paid for Mesut Ozil a year earlier. Currently, Arsenal's third biggest signing is Danny Welbeck, who cost the club £16m to sign from Manchester United in 2014.

It would bring relief to plenty of Arsenal fans who saw Wenger refuse to spend a single penny on a senior outfield player in the previous transfer window. It was that decision that many have attributed to their failure to win the Premier League this season.

West Ham United v Arsenal - Premier League

All change

If he signs, Xhaka, 23, will be the first arrival in a new look Arsenal midfield next season. Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta are all set to leave when their contracts expire in the summer and Wenger is believed to be considering one more midfield signing.

Gedion Zelalem is also likely to get his chance to earn his first-team place after an impressive season loan at Rangers while there is also hope that Jack Wilshere can re-establish himself after another campaign lost to injury.

Mohamed Elneny has been impressive since arriving in January while Santi Cazorla's long-awaited return from a knee injury should see him back alongside Francis Coquelin. With Aaron Ramsey also vying for a place, Arsenal's central midfield should be packed with talent next season.

PUMA Partners With Arsenal Football Club To Debut Monumental Cannon In Grand Central Station

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Theo Walcott
Transfer News
Premier League
Arsene Wenger

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again