Roma have reportedly made contact with Arsenal over a potential deal to sign midfielder Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal are preparing for a summer of rebuild under Mikel Arteta this summer and are expected to see a whole host of senior players depart, Xhaka having been mentioned alongside the likes of Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette as players who could leave to raise funds.
The 28-year-old has endured a mixed spell since signing for the north London side from Borussia Monchengladbach five years ago, spending time in and out of favour and memorably being stripped of the captaincy after clashing with fans last season.
According to Sky Sports Italia, Roma are now eyeing a move for the Switzerland international with Jose Mourinho an admirer of the player’s talents.
Mourinho has requested the signing of Xhaka upon his arrival at the Stadio Olimpico this summer and the Italians are confident of securing a deal for less than the £25m figure Arsenal would demand, with suggestions of an initial offer of around half that fee with the addition of some bonus payments.
Xhaka made 45 appearances for the Gunners last season and his versatility proved useful to Arteta, who utilised the midfielder at left-back during the absence of Kieran Tierney through injury.
There is a feeling that Arsenal would be prepared to cash-in for the right price however, with major changes expected at the Emirates following the disappointment of an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League.
Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi could also be sold should suitable offers arrive, with the north Londoners understood to be targeting additions at goalkeeper, centre-back and creative midfield.
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Author: Harry Diamond