Arsenal are preparing to hand Granit Xhaka a new contract in a sensational change of direction.
What’s the story?
According to The Athletic, the Gunners are seriously considering the move after AS Roma failed to make a suitable bid.
Should the Swiss ace sign a new deal, it would be a stunning turn of events.
Ever since the end of the season, all the talk has been about how Xhaka was going to be destined for the capital of Italy.
It was even claimed that the central midfielder was willing to forego his bonuses to seal the move.
He was so heavily linked, reports claimed he was eager to link up with newly-appointed Jose Mourinho, who adores the player.
Sensational turnaround is a boost for Arsenal
The sensational turnaround in events is a boost for Arsenal heading into the new season.
Xhaka was easily the club’s most consistent player in the second half of last season.
His displays in the centre of midfield were nigh-on perfect most of the time. It got to the point where Arsenal would miss the midfielder if he wasn’t playing. This notably happened when the 29-year-old picked up an injury in the warm-up prior to the second-leg against Villarreal.
And when you scan the market, it’s hard to see where Arsenal will find a replacement.
Money is tight, perfect replacements are nowhere to be found, so the news Xhaka could be offered a contract is music to all supporters’ ears.