According to Sky Sports Italia, Arsenal have now agreed to budge on the transfer fee that Edu initially demanded from AS Roma to sell Granit Xhaka.
It really does look like the Swiss international will move on this summer. Xhaka has had his problems at Arsenal, but everyone who understands football knows that he is our most important player.
Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery and Arteta all rate him highly, and Jose Mourinho is no different. The new Giallorossi boss is desperate to sign him in the coming days, and Arsenal have reportedly helped out by offering Roma a decent little discount.
Arsenal lower Granit Xhaka transfer fee demand
The report claims that Arsenal rejected Roma’s €15 million bid (£13m) for Xhaka recently as Edu wanted €20 million (£17.25m).
That stance seems to have softened now as the Gunners have reportedly told the Giallorossi that €17.5 million (£15m) will be enough to sign the Swiss international this summer.
That is an absolute bargain for Xhaka, who was labelled as an ‘extraordinary footballer‘ by Emery recently. The Gunners forked out a mammoth £35 million to sign the Swiss maestro back in the summer of 2016 (Mail), and selling him now for £20 million less is just poor business on Arsenal’s part.
We’ve never really been great sellers, have we?
Apart from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi’s sales to the two Merseyside sides, the transfer fees that Arsenal have brought in by selling our talented players have really been woeful compared to some of the other clubs.
Xhaka is set to be the latest addition to that list but it may not stop there. Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson could all be sold as well this summer.
Every one of them is worth a good chunk of money, but knowing Arsenal, it won’t be a surprise to see them all go for a similar fee to what we’re selling Xhaka for in the coming days. That’s just terrible business.