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Report: 'Inspirational' Arsenal ace agrees five-year contract to join European outfit; almost left in 2020

Granit Xhaka has a agreed a five-year contract with Serie A outfit AS Roma, according to football.london.

The publication are claiming that the fee is in the region of €20m (£17.3m). Xhaka is also said to have been in constant contact with new boss Jose Mourinho over the last couple of weeks.

This is the first time the 28-year-old has flirted with the idea of leaving Arsenal. He had agreed terms with Hertha Berlin back in January 2020, however, was convinced to stay by Mikel Arteta.

Xhaka is said to be keen on playing under the former Tottenham Hotspur manager, whom he admires.

He was labelled ‘inspirational‘ by Rio Ferdinand.

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TBR View: Xhaka transfer long overdue after years of inconsistency for Arsenal

Since joining the Gunners back in 2016, Xhaka has been one of the most frustrating players to watch.

His inconsistency has been quite sensational. From his performance in the 2017 FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City to his shocker at home to Burnley, he’s blown hot and cold.

For that reason alone, it’s a wonder he’s managed to last so long in north London.

The figure did improve massively from December last year to the end of the season. It earned the Switzerland international a place in the CIES Premier League team of the season.

However, that just further stipulates the point about his consistency.

There has been one consistency over the course of his career in north London. Xhaka has almost always struggled with the pace of English football.

Getting caught in possession or making lax passes isn’t the new norm for the midfielder.

After five years in N5, Xhaka agreeing on a five-year contract with Roma is brilliant news. However, how it’s taken half a decade to notice the need for an upgrade will remain one of the most potent questions moving forward.

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