Report: Arsenal willing to accept £15m to sell player who cost them £35m
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is likely to be a regular fixture in the transfer rumour mill heading into the summer.
Last year, Roma were trying to bring the Gunners midfielder to the Italian capital.
However, they ultimately failed to agree a fee for the Switzerland international with Arsenal.
“Everyone knows we were after Xhaka,” director Tiago Pinto said, as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio.
“He wanted to come to Roma, but Arsenal didn’t release him. It’s my regret for this transfer market.”
Now, Gazzetta dello Sport – as translated by Sport Witness – has reported that the Giallorossi are once again eyeing the Arsenal ace.
Apparently, the transfer cost is ‘the only problem’ that concerns Roma.
Arsenal wanted ‘at least €18m (£15m)’ for him last summer and ‘have no intention of lowering’ the price.
Roma reportedly won’t want to spend too much on Xhaka because of his age – he turns 30 this year.
However, Gazzetta Dello Sport points out the relationship between the clubs is good.
With Ainsley Maitland-Niles returning from his spell at Roma this summer, that should be another ‘opportunity to talk’ with the Gunners.
Xhaka cost Arsenal a reported £35m from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2016.
The 29-year-old has made 240 competitive appearances for the Gunners, registering 13 goals and 21 assists.
Xhaka remains a regular in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI, making 17 Premier League starts this term.
He missed eight league games this season with a medial collateral ligament injury and a further two due to a red card suspension.
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