The transfer saga involving Arsenal star Granit Xhaka and AS Roma has been going on for over a month now, but Jose Mourinho’s side are really struggling to wrap this deal up.
It is no secret at this point that Xhaka, labelled as ‘phenomenal‘ by Mikel Arteta, wants to leave the Emirates. He has been here for five years and he wants a change. He wants to play in Italy and under Mourinho, a manager he really respects if reports are to be believed.
However, Il Romanista have revealed that Roma aren’t getting close to meeting Arsenal’s demands. Edu is adamant that he wants £17.1 million, but the Giallorossi’s best bid so far is £12.8 million including bonuses. That really is a laughable offer.
Xhaka does not want to play for Arsenal against Brentford
The new Serie A season for Roma begins on the 22nd of next month. The Giallorossi host Fiorentina in the Italian capital, and Xhaka is really desperate to be there for that game, if the report is to be believed.
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The Swiss international is due to return to Arsenal training this week and he has no objection to that. However, the report claims that he wants to postpone his involvement in games until the start of the Serie A season, just to give his move to Rome every chance of succeeding.
That means that Xhaka does not want to play a part in Arsenal’s season opener against Brentford, which is not good news at all.
The Insider’s View:
If the report is true, Arteta will not be a happy man. The Arsenal boss always wants players who are fully committed to the club. He has no time for people who are only here for the sake of it, and it looks like that’s Xhaka’s stance.
However, the Swiss international’s professionalism has never been questioned by anyone. He has always been a model professional when it comes to training and stepping up for the team, and it really is hard to believe that he would ruin it all to force a move.
The Gunners’ stance is simple. Edu has named his asking price and Roma have to meet that. If they do, they can have Xhaka, but if they don’t, he will have to stay and fulfil his duties as an Arsenal player, even if he doesn’t want to.