Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka ‘closing in on £17m Roma move with only the last details being ironed out’… and the Serie A side hope the Swiss captain can ‘join his new team-mates on their pre-season journey to Portugal next week’
- Granit Xhaka has been a key transfer target for Roma boss Jose Mourinho
- Roma are trying to make a deal for the Arsenal midfielder all summer
- But now they are close to closing the Swiss midfielder’s services for good
- Arsenal have not flinched from the £17million asking price for their ex-captain
Roma are finally on the cusp of signing a deal for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, according to reports.
Roma have been on the hunt for Xhaka all summer, with new boss Jose Mourinho making the Switzerland captain a priority target for the transfer, but they have not yet secured the necessary funds.
But according to Sky Sport Italy, the final details for Xhaka’s transfer to Roma are now being ironed out.
Roma approaching £17m purchase from Arsenal and Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka17
The report also claims there are plans for Xhaka – whose Arsenal deal expires in June 2023 – to join his new Roma team-mates on their pre-season tour of Portugal next week.
Xhaka has already agreed personal terms with Roma worth £2.1m until June 2025, but it has been much more difficult to close a deal with Arsenal.
The Gunners have not conceded to their £17million asking price for their former captain.
But the report claims Roma are now trying to bridge the £17 million fee by introducing a number of performance-related bonuses and add-ons.
And now that Anderlecht’s Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga has signed a £17m deal, they are more receptive to Roma.
New Roma manager Jose Mourinho is a great admirer of Xhaka, who has pursued him all summer
Xhaka is a familiar face for Mourinho, who clearly admires the midfielder from his days as a manager in the Premier League.
The pair have been bitter rivals in the Premier League recently, with Arsenal midfielder Xhaka coming up against Mourinho at Tottenham before being sacked in April.
For most of Xhaka’s career at Arsenal, the midfielder has divided opinion among fans for his inconsistent displays – and was involved in a controversial spat with supporters after being booed during their Premier League home game against Crystal Palace in October 2019.
Xhaka then lost his captaincy under former boss Unai Emery, but then began to show more consistency under Mikel Arteta.
However, Xhaka now looks set to head for the exit, fresh off the back of some brilliant displays at the European Championship with Switzerland.
Former rivals Mourinho and Xhaka hug after a North London derby last December