Granit Xhaka set to quit Arsenal with long-serving Gunners star on brink of £20million transfer
GRANIT XHAKA is in advanced talks to leave Arsenal for Bayer Leverkusen this summer, according to reports.
The Swiss midfielder is expected pen a four-year with the Bundesliga side after they agreed a deal in the region of £15million to £20m.
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Xhaka has made 295 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.
According to London World, the former Arsenal skipper will leave Emirates Stadium in a £15m-£20m deal to “pursue a new challenge”.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, meanwhile, reckons the fee will be closer to £13m.
He adds that Xhaka, 30, is “close” to agreeing on personal terms with Xabi Alonso’s side.
Xhaka has one year remaining on his Arsenal contract, although the Gunners do possess the option to extend it by a year.
But they are not planning on exercising this option, instead granting him a desired exit.
Xhaka has had arguably his best season in an Arsenal shirt this term.
He has started 34 of the Gunners’ 36 Prem matches – netting five goals and assisting a further seven.
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Leverkusen boss Alonso has been linked to the vacant Spurs gig.
The Spaniard took over ay BayArena in October with his side languishing in the relegation zone.
Under his watch they have rocketed up the league to seventh – and have also reached the Europa League semi-finals.
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