Granit Xhaka is ‘one step away’ from leaving Arsenal for £17 million at Roma.
With Roma closing in on Jose Mourinho’s next signing, Xhaka’s five-year tenure at Arsenal appears to be coming to an end.
Granit Xhaka is allegedly just ‘one step away’ from joining Roma from Arsenal for £17 million. As Jose Mourinho aims to lead Roma back into the Champions League, the Switzerland international has emerged as one of his top objectives.
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Xhaka has had a tumultuous five years at the Emirates Stadium, having been given the captaincy at one stage before having it pulled from him due to his caustic clapping to fans.
Since joining Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2016, the 28-year-old has been a regular in the Gunners’ midfield.
Last season, he continued to play a significant part for Arsenal, appearing in all but six Premier League games.
When Kieran Tierney was injured, the Swiss international was called upon to fill in at left-back.
He would then go on to star at Euro 2020, with a particularly impressive performance against France in the final 16 stage.
However, there was a sense last summer that Xhaka’s time in London was coming to an end, with the player himself expressing his wish to depart.
Mourinho has grown to admire the midfielder and wants to bring him to the Olympic Stadium.
However, despite Xhaka’s repeated attempts to move the transfer forward, negotiations have stalled over Arsenal’s value.
Roma were said to be unwilling to match Arsenal’s asking price for Xhaka, with the midfielder apparently proposing to return his bonus if the amount could be reduced.
Xhaka, on the other hand, appears to have finally gotten the exit he so desperately wants, with various rumors in Italy indicating that a deal is close.
According to Corriere Dello Sport, Rome’s hierarchy is now willing to “go the extra mile” to execute the long-awaited relocation.
Roma are ‘ready to clinch’ the deal, according to Italian newspaper Calciomercato, with the Serie A club just ‘one step away’ from completing Xhaka’s transfer.
Xhaka is so eager to work with Mourinho that it has been reported that he has already turned down an approach from an.