Granit Xhaka was expected to join Arsenal..

Arsenal's deal for Granit Xhaka may have stalled over fee

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Arsenal fans were expecting their club to complete their first piece of major transfer business of the summer.

It was supposed to be completed before Euro 2016, better yet, it was supposed to be completed in a matter of days. But it seems that the same old problems might be rearing their ugly head once again.

We are, of course, talking about Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, who has been heavily tipped to join the Gunners in a deal worth in excess of £30m.


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Despite no confirmation of a deal, Arsenal fans were already praising Arsene Wenger for his assertiveness in what promises to be a busy summer at the Emirates.

But those same fans may need to retract their comments after a rather worrying claim from German football journalist Raphael Hongistein, who revealed Borussia officials have been left surprised by Arsenal's first transfer offer, which was – surprise, surprise – much lower than expected.

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Here are the tweets he unleashed on social media earlier on Thursday:

Possible explanation

Reports appeared to be jumping to all sorts of conclusions last week, claiming Arsenal were apparently willing to pay the same for Xhaka that they paid for Alexis Sanchez in 2014.

Thanks to the free-spending Manchester United and the new TV deal, the market has certainly inflated in the last two years but £35m still seemed a steep price to pay for a player without much experience at the top end of the game.

Arsenal do have that kind of money to spend but that won't stop them from trying to bring the fee down.

There is also a distinct lack of interest from other clubs. The likes of Liverpool and Juventus have been tentatively linked but only Arsenal seem serious about signing him this summer. That means the Gunners have plenty of time negotiate without fear of a rival club swooping in.

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No Xhaka, no problem

And there will not be too much to worry about if Xhaka does not join. Arsenal already have plenty of midfielders stockpiled in the squad and could also make a move for Leicester City's N'Golo Kante as a possible alternative.

The Frenchman was voted into the PFA Team of the Year after stonking season with the Foxes and is rumoured to be available for just £20m – £15m less than Borussia currently want for Xhaka.

Even if Wenger doesn't sign a midfielder, he has Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mohamed Elneny, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin to choose from in midfield. 


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