Respected Italian journalist Marcello Pelizzari has told Il Milanista that Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka would be open to a move to Newcastle United in the January window – but The Toon face enormous competition.
Xhaka, 27, is expected to leave Arsenal in the next window after his outburst when being substituted against Crystal Palace. He has since been stripped of the captaincy and ostracised from the last three games against Wolves, Vitoria and Leicester.
The Times have claimed that Newcastle are willing to offer Xhaka an escape route in the January window, with the likelihood being that Steve Bruce’s side would sign the Switzerland captain on loan until the end of the season.
But the £35million (Mail) signing could also form a reunion with Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre, who he worked under Borussia Monchengladbach. AC Milan are also interested and Pelizzari gave an update on his future.
“Right now Xhaka on the table has various options. There has been talk of Newcastle, which would be a welcome solution, because it can remain in the Premier League,” Pelizzari said.
“Rumor has it that he has Dortmund’s offer on the table, where he would find Favre, who launched him at the time of Borussia Monchengladbach. While attending the national meetings, however, we know that he loves Italy and Milan in particular.”
TBR’s view – Milan and Dortmund glamorous, but Newcastle best move
A move to either Milan or Dortmund would be glamorous for Xhaka, and give him the chance to participate in European football. Dortmund, of course, are impressing in the Champions League and it would see Xhaka go one better than Arsenal.
But the chances of Xhaka becoming first choice at Dortmund are next to zero, while at Milan they ar slim. A move to Newcastle would see the left-footed midfielder instantly become first choice – and he could use the half-season period as a shop window.
Impress in those six months with plenty of game time, and Xhaka can give himself a chance of a big move in the summer – only with more chance of becoming first choice wherever he may go.