Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Borussia Mönchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka, according to widespread reports.
Reports in England and Germany today suggest that Arsenal have made big strides in pursuit of the 23-year-old midfielder, and local Gladbach-based outlet the Rheinische Post claim that Xhaka’s move to North London is imminent.
Arsenal have reportedly made a £25 million move for the Swiss international, however Gladbach have been very public about how much they want for their young captain, which is a fee of around £35million.
The Telegraph claim that Xhaka is keen on a move to the Emirates, but the midfielder yet to agree personal terms with the club.
Time for change
Arsenal are set for a major overhaul in the summer transfer window, with players such as Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini all set to be released at the end of their contracts.
The Gunners secured Champions League football last night due to West Ham United’s late heroics against Manchester United in the Hammers last game at Upton Park, meaning that a point against Aston Villa on the final day will be enough for Arsenal to gain a group stage berth.
Arsenal’s squad is already full of talented central midfielders, with Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Mohamed Elneny, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey already on the books, but there is no question that Xhaka would slot right into the first team.
The Switzerland international is as close to a complete midfielder you can get these days. Despite his slow pace, Xhaka makes up for his lack of speed by being able do just about everything a central midfielder should excel at.
Tackling, passing, shooting, distributing the ball, dictating the play, taking set pieces; you name it, Xhaka can do it all. He has been one of the breakout stars in the Bundesliga this season, leading Gladbach to Champions League football once again, but it seems he will be swapping Germany for England any day now.