Multiple reports over the last few weeks have convinced Arsenal fans that Granit Xhaka will join AS Roma this summer, but Il Romanista have revealed today that things are far from imminent.
The Swiss international, labelled as ‘phenomenal‘ by Mikel Arteta, has had his ups and downs at Arsenal. His performances and actions have divided the fan base completely over the years and many felt that this summer was the right time to part ways.
Jose Mourinho is reportedly desperate to sign Xhaka for his first season at Roma, but it looks like that plan is now dead. The former Borussia Monchengladbach star could now stay at Arsenal, all because Edu has decided to stick to his guns in negotiations.
Roma stop talks to sign Arsenal star Granit Xhaka
The report claims that Roma director Tiago Pinto does not want to pay in excess of £13 million for Xhaka. Edu, however, has made it clear that he wants at least £18.8 million for the Swiss international, who still has two years left on his contract.
The Arsenal technical director’s demands have forced Roma to stop talks to sign Xhaka this summer. The Giallorossi have now turned their attention to Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz, but that pursuit is even more difficult as Dean Smith’s side want £25 million for the Brazilian.
It will be interesting to see how things pan out. If Roma can’t really meet Arsenal’s demands for Xhaka, there’s almost no chance that they can lure Luiz away from Villa. That could well force Pinto to re-enter negotiations with Edu in the coming days.
The Insider’s View:
It really looked like a done deal at one point, but evidently not. Roma are not willing to meet our demands and Edu is not prepared to budge. As much as this would annoy people, this is excellent news.
Arsenal fans have complained for years about how bad our negotiations during player sales are. For once, the Gunners are standing strong and Edu deserves a ton of praise for this.
Xhaka is a fantastic player and he still has two years left on his contract. If Roma want him, they better pay up, if not, they can look elsewhere and the Swiss midfielder can stay put in North London, even if he doesn’t want to.