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Report: Club accelerate talks to sign Arsenal star; deal could be completed by Friday

AS Roma have reportedly accelerated talks with Arsenal for the signing of Granit Xhaka.

According to CalcioMercato, the Serie A side are keen to complete a deal for the Swiss midfielder before the start of Euro 2020, which starts this Friday.

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As per the report, Roma have now offered Arsenal €20m (£17.2m) including bonuses for Xhaka.

Xhaka is keen on Roma move

The 28-year-old midfielder is a fan of Jose Mourinho, who Roma hired as manager last month.

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The former Tottenham manager was appointed head coach of Roma last month.

Xhaka is just one Arsenal midfielder who is likely to leave the club this summer. As reported by Football London, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are close to leaving the north London side in the coming weeks.

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The Gunners have also seemingly identified a replacement for Xhaka. As reported by the Athletic, Arsenal are keen on signing Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves. The Portuguese international is available this summer.

A hit and miss spell with Arsenal

The Swiss international joined the Gunners in 2016, and his time in north London has been mixed.

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Xhaka has been viewed as a trustworthy player by Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta. However, errors and controversy continue to follow the former Borussia Monchengladbach captain.

Last season alone saw Xhaka receive a red card against Burnley for a needless action as well as gifting the Clarets a goal in the reverse fixture, throwing away vital points for Arsenal.

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Although Xhaka was heavily relied upon by all three of Arsenal’s previous managers, the club could do with a change of personnel in the midfield.

And if the Gunners are about to secure £17m for the Swiss international, the north London club would have done well this summer to recoup a decent fee for the 28-year-old.

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