Arsenal are edging closer to signing Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach following reports that the Swiss landed in London on Friday morning to complete a medical.
This is according to the Independent, who claim there was a breakthrough in overnight negotiations between the two clubs.
Arsenal submitted an initial bid of £20 million recently but Gladbach held firm on their £30 million valuation.
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However, it appears a transfer fee has now been agreed upon in order to sanction Xhaka's move to the Emirates Stadium before Euro 2016.
The 23-year-old's potential arrival will come as welcome news to Arsenal fans following a season where Santi Cazorla's presence was greatly missed in midfield.
Xhaka's all-action style of play is perfectly suited to the Gunners, who crave box-to-box midfielders capable of adding something in attack and providing steel in front of the defence.
The only 'issue' they might face is having too many central midfielders to choose from.
Despite releasing Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini this summer, Arsene Wenger still has Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny and the aforementioned Cazorla at his disposal.
Add to that list Xhaka and six central players will be fighting for two starting berths next season - an exciting scenario for the fans, but not so for those involved in the scrap.
All this means that N'Golo Kante's widely reported move from Leicester City will not materialise, despite the Frenchman being heavily linked with a £20 million move.
Should Arsenal secure Xhaka, their attentions must surely turn to reinforcing their attacking options.
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