In recent days, Granit Xhaka has been heavily linked with a summer move to Arsenal.
Many media outlets were reporting a deal was close and Gooners were getting excited that Arsene Wenger was finally splashing the cash.
German newspaper, Bild, claimed that the Gunners’ deal to sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s midfielder was as good as done in a deal worth around £30 million.
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A bid of that amount would activate Xhaka’s release clause, meaning his club would have choice but to accept the offer.
However, before Arsenal fans get too excited, Xhaka has responded to the speculation. And it’s not good news.
The Swiss international is adamant there is no deal in place with the Emirates side and claims that nobody from the north London club has spoken to him.
“There is talk of negotiations with Arsene Wenger,” he said via Tuttomercatoweb, per The Sun.
“This is speculation that has run for a year. No one from London has come here to make a deal.”
So there you have it, folks, there is no deal in place to bring Xhaka to the Emirates. But that doesn’t mean Arsenal won’t look to sign him in the summer.
Arsene Wenger has been told he must spend in the summer and £30 million for a player of Xhaka’s talents would be seen as reasonable.
And the midfielder himself has admitted that he would love to ply his trade in the Premier League one day.
"Everybody has a dream. Everybody has a childhood dream and that's mine [to play in the Premier League]. If it comes true, it remains to be seen. At the moment, I cannot say how realistic it is,” he said in February, per Sky Sports.
Wenger to spend
And it’ll be no surprise to see Wenger attempt to strengthen his midfield at the end of the season.
Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta will all be out of contract in the summer and seem likely to be leaving the Emirates.
The French manager admitted that the club are starting to put together a shortlist of potential signings but wasn’t prepared to reveal any names.
“At the moment we are starting to analyse players and get a little list of names, but I don’t think it's the time for us to come out with names,” he said.
And when asked if Xhaka was one of the names, he remained coy.
“I will send you the list if you want!” he responded to the journalist.