Roma ‘are confident of getting their hands on Granit Xhaka this summer, with the Arsenal midfielder eager to join Jose Mourinho’ … as Swiss star joins Gunners’ exodus after a miserable season
- Granit Xhaka was a regular for Arsenal in their worst season of the century
- The midfielder is on a list of players associated with relocations this summer
- New Roma boss Jose Mourinho has long been an admirer of the Swiss star
- The Serie A squad has opened talks with Xhaka and hopes to strike a deal
A former Arsenal captain appears to be joining the crew of refugees from North London this summer, with Granit Xhaka reportedly pining for a move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma.
David Luiz was the first to announce his departure after the Gunners finished their season eighth, with Willian, Hector Bellerin and Bernd Leno, among others, understanding that they were looking for a way out.
Xhaka has been a key figure in Mikel Arteta’s sorrowful Arsenal squad this season, but has no desire to oversee the Spaniard’s ‘process’. The Swiss midfielder is excited about the prospect of playing under Mourinho.
Granit Xhaka could leave Arsenal this summer with Roma chasing the midfielder
Jose Mourinho will take over the Serie A squad this summer and is an admirer of the Swiss
Roma have opened talks with the player and are confident they will sign Xhaka this summer, said Football London – hoping to close the deal before Euro 2020 kicks off next month.
The Gunners set the starting price at £ 20 million, with the 28-year-old leaving the Emirates two years before his contract expires.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano revealed that Mourinho wants Xhaka in his squad for next season, fitting in the form of a midfielder the former Spurs boss likes.
Despite explosive fallouts with the fans, a long line of embarrassing mistakes and the Swiss star stripped of the Arsenal captain in November 2019, he is seen as a leader in the dressing room.
Xhaka and Mourinho hugged after Gunners lost North London derby to Tottenham
The 28-year-old would join his former Arsenal teammate Henrik Mkhitaryan (right)
At best, Xhaka can send thunders into the top corner, shoot long balls across the field and set a deep pace, but he’s been too inconsistent in 220 appearances in red and white.
Mourinho has been a longtime admirer, embracing the midfielder after Spurs’ second victory in the North London derby over their rivals this season, praising him in 2019.
“Xhaka is the most important man in all of Arsenal’s midfield, you can’t see it unless I lend you one of my eyes,” said the former Chelsea boss.
Without him, Arsenal is lost. He is a leader. Remember that mistakes are made by humans. ‘