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Report: Roma in talks for Xhaka, Arsenal want £21.5m

AS Roma are in talks to sign Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka in this summer’s transfer window.

According to Sky in Italy, the Gunners want around £21.5m (€25m), but, the Serie A outfit want to play £10m plus bonuses.

However, Gianluca Di Marzio is claiming that Giallorossi’s new manager, Jose Mourinho, wants to sign the midfielder.

Recent reports regarding the Switzerland international aren’t too promising with The Athletic claiming figures at the club fear Bernd Leno and the Swiss ace could leave this summer.

He’s enjoyed his fair share of animosity from the Emirates Stadium faithful during his time in north London. Most famously during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, where he was booed off during a substitution.

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His displays in years gone by earned him praise from Mourinho, who claimed that the former Borussia Monchengladbach man was ‘the most important man’ in Arsenal’s midfield.

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£10m not enough: Key man needs to be retained amid Roma’s interest

The interest from a manager like the Portuguese man speaks volumes of the quality Xhaka possesses.

Mourinho is known for his quality deep-lying midfielders, for example, Esteban Cambiasso and Xabi Alonso, both of whom were great on the ball.

Xhaka’s ability to retain possession and keep playing ticking over is quite sensational. The Switzerland international’s absence for the second-leg versus Villarreal was an example of just how much Mikel Arteta’s men missed him as they went out with a whimper.

Taking into account his efforts, a bid of £10m plus bonuses seems to be an effort from Roma to lowball the north London giants.

However, with two years left on his contract, should the Gunners opt to sell the player, it should be for far more than £10m

That being said, Xhaka proves far too crucial to the current team to be sold. His inclusion in the CIES Premier League team of the season for the 2020/2021 season is an indication of his quality and his form this year.

Selling the star man will only help unsettle a side that has just endured a rollercoaster campaign and are in need of stability.

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