Granit Xhaka has dropped another significant hint that he is closing in on a move to Arsenal after 'liking' a particular post on Instagram regarding the transfer.
The Swiss midfielder is widely believed to be ready to leave Borussia Monchengladbach for the Gunners, who are ready to pay in excess of £30million for his services.
In what would represent Arsenal's first piece of major transfer business since Petr Cech joined them from Chelsea last summer – sorry, Mohamed Elneny doesn't count – Xhaka's deal could well be completed before the month is out.
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And Arsenal fans were given another reason to get excited when the 23-year-old liked the post of a supporter who had already got 'Xhaka 34' printed on the back of his replica shirt.
Take a look at the evidence below:
No done deal
There are, of course, many things that can still go wrong with the transfer and even if Xhaka does eventually join, he may have a fight on his hands to get his beloved 34 off of Francis Coquelin. Xhaka is an avid user of the No.34 and even has it tattooed on the back of his neck.
"That was my first professional number at Basel. It's even tattooed on my back," Xhaka said in April.
"I would also like to wear it in the future. It was also here in Gladbach, with Amin Younes. And at Arsenal Coquelin has it. I've spoken with him, he would like to take another number!"
Flying into London
It had been reported on Thursday that talks hit a roadblock when Arsenal's opening offer came in much lower than expected. Borussia officials had been expecting an offer of around £30m while the Gunners placed a bid of £20m. However, according to The Independent, there was a breakthrough in negotiations overnight and a fee was agreed.
They claim Xhaka is now on his way to London to undergo a medical and to put pen to paper on the pre-agreed terms. Only then can an official deal be announced and the battle for the No.34 really begin.
Some have already suggested the £30m fee is a lot to pay for Xhaka, especially when Arsenal can sign PFA Player of the Year nominee N'Golo Kante from Leicester for around £25m. But German journalist Sven Goldmann, who makes a living watching Xhaka every week, told the Evening Standard that he is worth every penny.
He said: "He’s a typical leader in central midfield, very dynamic and powerful. He’s also a very physical presence.
"He might not be that fast out of the blocks but he’s so physical and powerful. He still has the technique and footballing skills to back that up though. In short he’s a complete player.
"Xhaka’s a leader on the pitch and a leader off the pitch. To get one of the big leaders in the Bundesliga out of his contract, it probably is worth it."
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