Arsenal are closing in on a potential £30m deal to make Granit Xhaka the most expensive midfielder in their history, according to The Telegraph.
The Telegraph reports that Arsene Wenger is hopeful of completing the transfer early this summer, now that Arsenal’s Champions League place is secured.
Wenger is prioritising a new central midfielder and finally seems as though he is ready to splash the cash to solve what has long been a problem area.
The Telegraph claims that Arsenal had hoped to to pay around £25m for the Swiss international, but Borussia Mönchengladbach had wanted closer to £35m.
While there is no agreement in place yet, The Telegraph understands that the Gunners are now moving towards a negotiated price of £30m for the 23-year-old.
The Telegraph adds that Xhaka is keen on a move to the Premier League, but must still agree personal terms over a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium.
The 40-times capped international is more defensive minded than most of the current midfielders at Arsenal and would add some much-needed steel to their ranks.
He would provide competition for Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny, while allowing Wenger to play two holding players in the centre of the park, if he sees fit.
Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini are all likely to leave Arsenal this summer, according to The Telegraph, as Wenger shakes up his midfield options.
Transfermarkt reports that Xhaka would be the most expensive midfielder, and third most expensive player, in Arsenal’s history, behind Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal transfer news: Alexis Sanchez could leave this summer as Juventus aim to tempt Chilean
Arsenal send top scout to watch talented forward from France (so unlike Arsene Wenger…)
Danny Welbeck injury news: Euro 2016 update on Arsenal forward