'Speaking to someone at Arsenal yesterday': Reporter shares what he's just been told about Xhaka
Charles Watts says that Arsenal insiders tell him that Granit Xhaka’s departure is far from inevitable, on his own Youtube channel.
On the way out?
There had been claims in Italy that Xhaka is set to leave Arsenal and join Roma, with Jose Mourinho’s side closing in on a deal for the midfielder.
However, these reports are apparently premature – and Roma still appear to have some work to do before they are able to land the Arsenal man.
“Lots of talk over in Italy this its now getting closer and closer. But from what I understand this is still not a done deal,” Watts said.
“I was speaking to someone at Arsenal yesterday about this and the feeling at Arsenal is that they have to pay up.
“They say they are not going to give Xhaka away for cheap. Arsenal are open to selling Xhaka and he clearly wants to go to Roma.
“There has been talk that he will be meeting up with Roma in their pre season training camp in Portugal next week but as far as I’m aware it’s not at the stage yet and they still haven’t agreed a fee with Arsenal.”
Arsenal have already moved to bring in Albert Sambi Lokonga, who could go some way to helping to replace Xhaka.
It seems that the Gunners have decided that the time is right to cash in on the Switzerland international.
However, whether Roma will be able to meet their asking price for Xhaka, which stands at around £18 million (Calcio Mercato), remains to be seen.
If Arsenal could sell Xhaka it would likely be a boost to their transfer plans.
Arsenal have intentions to bring in a number of new players, but seemingly need to sell to raise funds for all their own targets.
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