Arsenal boss wants to keep £100,000-a-week star despite offers
Mikel Arteta has told Granit Xhaka he will be allowed to leave the London club, but not until the summer transfer window. The 27-year-old midfielder was stripped of the captaincy by Unai Emery back in November after he clashed with his supporters during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
Following a period on the sidelines, Granit was gradually reintegrated and has started four of Gunners last five Premier League matches, only missing the defeat against Man City due to concussion.
Xhaka produced arguably his most powerful performance of the campaign so far at Bournemouth on Boxing Day, as Gunners came from behind for force a draw in what was Arteta’s first match at the helm.
Despite having regained his place in the side and receiving the public backing of his new boss, who earlier this week revealed he wanted to sign him for Man City, Xhaka wants to return to Bundesliga and is said to have already agreed on a deal in principle with Hertha Berlin.
The German club, who are now managed by Jurgen Klinsmann, have tabled an opening offer of €25m but Arsenal are hoping to recoup somewhere close the £35m they paid Borussia Monchengladbach for Switzerland international in the summer of 2016.
And, despite giving him public assurances over his future, Bild report that the Spanish tactician is happy to sanction the Swiss midfielder’s move but wants him to delay his departure until the end of the current season, a stance which is said to have annoyed the player’s representatives.