Juventus are plotting to hijack Granit Xhaka’s Roma transfer according to reports
in Italy, The Gunners midfielder is expected to depart the Emirates Stadium after the
Euro 2020 tournament and has already agreed personal terms ahead of his potential
move to the Stadio Olimpico.
Granit Xhaka has just two years remaining on his current contract in north London
with all parties now in agreement that this could be the right time to move on.
The player himself has already made it clear that he intends to join Roma in the
Juventus are admirers of Xhaka and may make a move for the Arsenal star if they fail
to sign Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo.
The 28-year-old has impressed for the Swiss at Euro 2020, picking up the Star of the
Match award for his performance in his country’s famous win against France.
Xhaka has reportedly agreed terms with Roma ahead of a potential move but the Italian
side are struggling to meet the Gunners’ asking price.
Mourinho’s new club are understood to have offered €12million plus €3m in add-ons
for the player – around £13m in total.
But Arsenal are believed to have rejected Roma’s advances and want at least €20m in cash – around £17m – and the price could increase following Granit Xhaka’s European exploits and Juve’s reported interest.
The Premier League side paid a reported £30m for Xhaka five years ago.
Rumours suggest the midfielder won’t wait for Roma to meet Arsenal’s valuation, giving Juventus the chance to make a move.
Xhaka dropped a huge hint over his future following Switzerland’s stunning win against France.
When asked by the press if he will be answering questions in Italian,
the Arsenal star said: “Not yet… It is always interesting to learn a new language.
“Let’s see, everyone knows what Roma represent. Now I am an Arsenal player, I will speak after the tournament.”
Xhaka has split opinion among Arsenal fans during his five-year spell at the Emirates, with many unconvinced of his quality.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach star has made 161 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, winning two FA Cups.