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Report: What Granit Xhaka has told Switzerland teammates about his Arsenal future

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According to Corriere dello Sport, Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has been very open with his Switzerland teammates about his future at the Emirates beyond the end of this summer’s transfer window.

The former Borussia Monchengladbach star has been heavily linked with a move to AS Roma over the last two weeks. Jose Mourinho is reportedly desperate to sign him, but negotiations between the two clubs have stalled.

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The Athletic revealed earlier today that Xhaka does indeed have an offer from Roma, but the Italian outfit is some way short of meeting Arsenal’s demands.

That is holding up the deal at the moment and a solution isn’t expected until after Switzerland’s Euro 2020 campaign. However, it looks like Xhaka has made his mind up already and he has shared his decision with his international teammates.

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Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has told Swiss teammates that he will join Roma

The report claims that Xhaka has already told his fellow countrymen that his future lies in Rome. He is adamant that he wants to leave Arsenal and has decided that a move to the Italian capital is the best thing for him now.

It’s not wise to stop a player who wants to leave, but Arsenal should not budge in negotiations. The Gunners’ £17 million demand for Xhaka is in itself a very low amount in some fans’ eyes, but to reduce that figure even lower would make us look really silly.

Edu should stand firm. If Roma wants Xhaka, they will have to meet our demands. If not, he can either find a club that can afford him or stay put at the Emirates, even if he doesn’t want to.

It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Xhaka, 28, is still a fine player and it wouldn’t really be a bad idea to keep hold of him. However, if the right offer does arrive – from Roma or anyone else – it makes sense to let him go.

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